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What If We Had Nuclear-Powered Rockets?

03/04/2021 11:38 AM | Click to read full article

 

By the year 2035, NASA plans to send humans to Mars. But it would be about a nine-month trip with our current rocket technology. However, in the not-so-distant future, we could be replacing chemical engines with nuclear thermal propulsion. That would take you to Mars in just three months.

What are the risks of using nuclear propulsion? How would it work?