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10 NASA projects being hampered by funding

These inventions might never see the light of day


Budget constraints and changing priorities may stifle these 10 NASA innovations that could benefit us on earth as well as astronauts

Breathe

ROxygen could produce two thirds of the oxygen needed to sustain a crew of four on the moon.

The system is designed to use local resources to generate or extract oxygen. It could also be used to look for water or ice at the lunar poles, NASA says.

Robots

Robots the size of riding lawn mowers were part of a possible scenario that saw them building a lunar outpost before humans make their next trip to the moon.

The robots, like the lunar excavator pictured here, would build berms around landing zones to trap the grit blown out when space vehicles land and take off.

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  5. Lunar electric rover and heavy lifting


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