An INSIDER story last week highlighted another recent achievement on Mars: A rover instrument known as “MOXIE” created oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. The NASA-led demonstration is a first step toward human presence on the Red Planet, according to MOXIE principal lead Michael Hecht.

“I think that finally the prospect is real, and the investment in MOXIE is evidence of that,” Hecht said in the interview with Tech Briefs. “Maybe it won’t be as soon as 15 years, but even at the age of 68 I have hope that I’ll live to see it.”

Do you agree that the prospect is real?

This week's Question: Will We See Human Exploration on Mars by 2040?

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