NASA Wants to Power Moon Missions With Nuclear Power Within 10 Years

Humans haven’t set foot on the Moon since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. By the time they return to our cosmic neighbor by around 2025, the exploration landscape will be very different due to wide-ranging technological advances.

In a bid to further accelerate the technology that will power future lunar missions, NASA, alongside the Department of Energy (DOE), has put out a press statement calling for companies to help it develop nuclear energy solutions.

NASA asks private companies to help with nuclear lunar power

Specifically, the U.S. space agency says it is “asking American companies for design concepts for a fission surface power system that could be ready to launch within a decade for a demonstration on the Moon.”

NASA points out that the system should be able to operate…

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News Source: https://interestingengineering.com/nasa-to-power-moon-missions-with-nuclear-power-within-10-years?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=article&utm_content=22112021