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The Russian space agency announced that they are planning to build a nuclear powered rocket for missions to Mars. The chief of the Russian space agency, Anatoly Perminov, said the preliminary designs for the rocket will be finished in 2012 and in total the project will take nine years and almost $600 million to complete. The relatively light-weight nature of a nuclear-fuel system makes missions into deep space more feasible, yet the fear of a launch explosion has the international community alert with fears of a possible world-wide nuclear radiation emergency.

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  1. davidgap April 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    A new warp prototype technology exists that will make deep space probe exploration easier and can work with any other exiting propulsion system. To get the news on that follow @WarpDriveHere on twiiter.com.

  2. lazyreader April 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Solar power doesn’t work in space after you get past the Asteroid Belt and fuel cells only last a few weeks (which is why the Space Shuttle never stayed in orbit for more than 17 days or less). RadioIsotopeThermoelectric Generators can power probes for years or decades but no where near as much power can be harnessed as the others. Only nuclear power can reliably power deep space, long term, lengthy voyages. Even NASA valued the idea of building a reactor (not those RTG things) for a huge space probe that would explore all of Jupiter’s Galilean moons including Europa which shows evidence it may have liquid water under the ice (why the hell are we exploring Mars????). As for safety, when Apollo 13 returned to earth, it’s RTG which was supposed to stay on the moon, re-entered the atmosphere and survived the impact of the reentry temperatures and crashing into the ocean. Scientists found the device on the sea floor and even after all this time, it is not leaking any radiation.

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