Nuclear power is an emotive subject -- particularly in the wake of the Fukushima power plant disaster after Japan's March earthquake and tsunami -- but in space, it may be an essential component of spreading mankind beyond terrestrial shores.
On Monday, at the 242nd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver, Colo., the future face of space nuclear power was described. You can forget the huge reactor buildings, cooling towers and hundreds of workers, the first nuclear reactors to be landed on alien worlds to support human settlement will be tiny.
Think less "building sized" and more "suitcase sized." To read more, click here.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
'Suitcase' Nuclear Reactors to Power Mars Colonies
Posted by Robin G. Jordan at 8:55 AM