A filter materials company that is monitoring the growth of its reserves amid the need for protective equipment to protect against Covid-19 is testing ways to make it possible for another planet to breathe.
Lydall, with which the federal government has agreed to help replenish U.S. supplies of personal protective equipment, has provided the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a HEPA filter medium used to produce oxygen on Mars, according to CEO Sarah. Greenstein.
In February, NASA grabbed the national titles after landing the six-wheeled rover Perseverance on Mars. The rover is equipped with a filter medium manufactured by Lydall, which is studying ways to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which can be useful for human travel to the red planet.
Greenstein told Mad Money that Lydall’s HEda-class filter medium, called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experimental (MOXIE) module, was installed on the rover and showed some signs of success.
“What does the MOXIE module do … [is] orbiting the surface of Mars, filtering all the CO2 from Martian air and trying to convert it into oxygen so that we don’t have to lift stored oxygen for future manned landings. And it works, “she said.” They were able to capture enough oxygen for the astronaut to be there for 10 minutes. “
NASA announced last month that it had conducted the first of several tests using MOXIE, which is designed to generate about 20 minutes of breathing oxygen per hour for astronauts, the press release said.
Shares of the company rose in trading on Monday to $ 37.11, which increased shares by more than 23% so far this year.