The U.S. Military Is Getting Serious About Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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June 23, 2020 | Originally published by on June 15, 2020

There are many ways to get around space, but most of them are pretty slow. This is why, even when launching at an optimal time, a spacecraft leaving Earth requires about 6 months to reach orbit around Mars.

For decades, many rocket scientists have looked to a propulsion system powered by a nuclear reactor as the fastest practical means of getting to Mars and other places in the Solar System more quickly.

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