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Researchers seeking the answer to why the earth is leaking oxygen

It is the so-called polar wind, which streams out from the north pole and the south pole is carrying out oxygen and hydrogen from the earth's atmosphere far into space. But despite the fact that thousands of tonnes of our atmosphere is lost annually, there is no risk that we will be without oxygen.

Not even in the solar system, the remaining lifetime make the leak any dramatic difference.

for a long time but researchers thought in the past that the oxygen may returned to the earth. But in 2008, some of the satellites show that the oxygen flows out of the space through two holes, one over Svalbard and over the south pole, never to return.

the Discovery was made by accident scientists have seen how the instruments on board the satellites given incorrect results. Of oxygen out through two ”cracks” in the earth's magnetic field where charged particles from the sun can reach down and ”breathe” out the oxygen in the space.

Space Systems at the Andøya Space Center in northern Norway to try to find the explanation to what actually happens in the crack of Svalbard. Something you do in cooperation with the american Nasa, the japanese Jaxa, the university of Oslo and a number of american universities, writes NRK.

the Project has been developed over six years and in the next week, the first four of a total of twelve rockets that shot up from Andøya and Svalbard.

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