The first nuclear power plant for settlements on Moon, Mars

Mission to Mars Don't forget to pack your suitcase nuke. NASAThis is definitely not TSA compliant. The term "suitcase nuke" hasn't enjoyed a particularly popular connotation in recent years, but researchers convening at the 242nd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society this week think such a concept is the future of interplanetary space travel. Scientists supporting a joint NASA/DOE project to develop future power plants for space colonists envision the first such power supplies being suitcase-sized fission reactors that future space explorers could deploy quickly and reliably in the harsh environs of another planet like Mars. These mini-reactors would have no cooling towers or billowing steam clouds emanating from them. Rather, they would stand about two feet tall and maybe a foot wide, with a compact uranium fission chamber and power plant tucked inside. Unlike the solar panel systems often deployed aboard interplanetary missions--like the Spirit and Opportunity rovers currentl

The first nuclear power plant for settlements on Moon, Mars

The first nuclear power plant being considered for production of electricity for manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets may really look like it came from outer space, according ...

Sun 28 Aug 11 from Phys.org

Nuclear Power on the Moon and Mars, Mon 29 Aug 11 from Laboratory Equipment

The first nuclear power plants for settlements on the moon and Mars, Mon 29 Aug 11 from Science Blog

First nuclear power plants for settlements on the moon and Mars, Sun 28 Aug 11 from ScienceDaily

Future Mars Colonists Will Pack Their Power to Go in a Suitcase Nuclear Reactor

Mission to Mars Don't forget to pack your suitcase nuke. NASAThis is definitely not TSA compliant. The term "suitcase nuke" hasn't enjoyed a particularly popular connotation in recent years, ...

Tue 30 Aug 11 from Popular Science

Miniature nuclear reactor designed for use on other planets

Engineers from NASA and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are working on a suitcase-sized nuclear reactor for use on the moon and other planets. read more

Tue 30 Aug 11 from TG Daily

Miniature Nuclear Reactor to Power Mars and Moon Colonies

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory have designed a suitcase-sized nuclear plant that can power up to eight normal-sized homes.

Mon 29 Aug 11 from FOXNews

Nuclear fission power plants - a viable power source for outposts on the Moon or Mars

As space agencies around the world, predominantly NASA, are considering building outposts outside Earth for the most likely far distant future, various difficulties need to be cared for. One ...

Mon 29 Aug 11 from ZME Science

Nuclear reactor destined for deployment on other planets

Nuclear power could be vital to the establishment of outposts or habitats on other planets, according to a speaker at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Tue 30 Aug 11 from The Engineer

Fission Power System Would Bring Nuclear Power To Space Bases

? Nuclear power plants that would be used to produce electricity for either manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars, or other planets would look radically different than similar facilities ...

Mon 29 Aug 11 from RedOrbit

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