But it’s not just the small size of the nuclear power source that’s so path-breaking — it’s that it will allow astronauts to go virtually anywhere in the solar system. The first, several-months-long test in the beginning of November last year was successful, leading the way for a full power test later this month.
This kind of portable power has all kinds of uses, not just in space. It will likely, however, also lead to further militarization of space.
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