Highlights

  • U.S. govt and NASA seeking ideas to set up nuclear plant on moon
  • Step in direction to establish sun-independent lunar missions
  • The reactor to be built on Earth and then sent to moon

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in collaboration with NASA is seeking ideas on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in collaboration with NASA is seeking ideas on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon.

As per PTI report, this is being done to establish a sun-independent power source for missions to the moon by the end of the decade.

Interestingly, NASA is also eyeing on Mars once the idea achieves success. Fission surface power could provide sustained, abundant power no matter the environmental conditions on the moon or Mars, the space agency said in a statement.

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The reactor would be built on Earth and then sent to the moon. The NASA recently postponed its manned lunar mission to 2025.

Notably, the Idaho National Laboratory has worked with NASA on various projects in the past while it helped power NASA's Mars Perseverance rover with a radioisotope power system most recently.

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