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Sodium Hydroxide Method for Extracting Oxygen from Lunar Minerals

Dr. Larry Friesen

The sodium hydroxide (NaOH) process can get all metals (in addition to oxygen) from lunar rocks/regolith. Most other processes only get some metals. An important problem is to separate the reduced metals.

In Binder's approach, all recoveries could be done in the same tank.

This is based on remarks by Alan Binder at a Lockheed/NASA Advanced Missions group meeting, August 23, 1988. Alan Binder is currently Principal Scientist for the NASA Lunar Prospector mission.

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