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

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June 23, 2020 | Originally published by https://arstechnica.com/ 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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