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Radioisotopes: Energy for Space Exploration

Through a strong partnership between the Energy Department’s office of Nuclear Energy and NASA, Radioisotope Power Systems have been providing the energy for deep space exploration. Watch the YouTube video below or select this link to view.

Mars Mission May Be Curtain Call for Plutonium-Powered Spacecraft

Space.com published the following article: Mars Mission May Be Curtain Call for Plutonium-Powered Spacecraft NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is one in a long line of spacecraft to be powered by the radioactive element plutonium. Yet, with this chemical quickly becoming scarce, it may be the last, scientists worry. Curiosity is scheduled to launch Saturday […]

Plutonium-238: Chronic Supply Risks for the US’ Most Strategic Metallic Isotope

Metal miner referenced a story on NPR regarding the scarcity of plutonium-238: Plutonium-238: Chronic Supply Risks for the US’ Most Strategic Metallic Isotope Eight pounds of plutonium-238 are set to go up into space with NASA’s next Mars mission, according to an NPR story. That may not sound like much, but these days, it’s a […]

Athens business receives NASA grant develop electricity technology

The Post published the following article: Athens business receives NASA grant develop electricity technology An Athens business is working with NASA to develop a brand-new technology to create electricity for potential use on future space missions. Sunpower Inc., 182 Mill St., received a $6.4 million grant from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to construct […]

Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center leads effort to design tiny nuclear plant for moon outpost

Cleveland.com published the following article: Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center leads effort to design tiny nuclear plant for moon outpost There are no electrical outlets on the moon. No power cables either, no transmission towers, no grid, no generating plants. So when astronauts arrive sometime after 2020 for long-term occupation, they’ll have to bring their […]

Editorial: Getting it Wrong on Pu-238

Space News published the following editorial: Getting it Wrong on Pu-238 Congressional appropriators have rebuffed U.S. President Barack Obama’s request to allocate $30 million next year toward resuming domestic production of the nuclear fuel needed to power deep space missions like the Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn. As a result, NASA faces a minimum one-year delay in the future […]

Exploring A Moon By Boat

National Public Radio published the following story: Exploring A Moon By Boat The first nautical exploration of an extraterrestrial sea could come as soon as 2022, if a team of researchers can convince NASA to try sailing a boat on an alien world. “The overwhelming reaction I get from scientists and engineers is, ‘Oh, that’s […]

A Lunar Nuclear Reactor

MIT’s Technology Review published the following article: A Lunar Nuclear Reactor Tests prove the feasibility of using nuclear reactors to provide electricity on the moon and Mars. Researchers at NASA and the Department of Energy recently tested key technologies for developing a nuclear fission reactor that could power a human outpost on the moon or […]

NASA Steps Closer to Nuclear Power for Moon Base

Space.com published the following article: NASA Steps Closer to Nuclear Power for Moon Base NASA has made a series of critical strides in developing new nuclear reactors the size of a trash can that could power a human outpost on the moon or Mars. Three recent tests at different NASA centers and a national lab […]

NASA/DOE Team Moving Forward on Fission Surface Power Technology

NASA Glenn Research Center published the following press release: NASA/DOE Team Moving Forward on Fission Surface Power Technology NASA and the Department of Energy have completed tests on several fission surface power components within the last few weeks. The agencies are researching technologies that could enable possible use of nuclear power on the surface of […]