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Where are your nuclear wessels?

August 11, 2020
MThomas

nuclearrockets

Astronauts on a trip to Mars would be exposed to very high levels of radiation which can cause serious long-term health problems such as cancer and sterility. Radiation shielding can help, but it is extremely heavy, and the longer the mission, the more shielding is needed. A better way to reduce radiation exposure is to simply get where you are going quicker.

Hmm. So putting them in a ship with a giant nuclear fission reactor is safer?

I think somebody may want to come up with a backup plan…

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https://www.space.com/nuclear-powered-rockets-to-explore-solar-system.html

One Comment

  1. They are looking at the radiotrophic fungi from the Chernobyl reactor, which seems to “eat” radiation, for use in space travel. Might work.

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