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On earth molecular oxygen is usually a?
What is the number of oxygen atoms in molecular oxygen?
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Can iron rust in space?
Iron can rust in space. Here is why: Unlike the air we breathe, in low earth orbit there is a lot of atomic oxygen instead of molecular oxygen. Since atomic oxygen has no need to break the bonds between oxygen atoms, it is actually much more reactive than molecular oxygen. Within the spacecraft, the environment is similar to Earth. So as long as there is oxygen, the metals will try to oxidize.