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Wed, 2023-01-25 03:12

The head of the US space agency said on Tuesday that the United States plans to test a nuclear fission-powered spacecraft engine by 2027 as part of NASA’s long-term efforts to show more efficient ways to propel astronauts to Mars in the future.
NASA will partner with the US Army’s research and development agency, DARPA, to develop a nuclear heat propulsion engine and launch it into space “as soon as possible by 2027,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson during a conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

In this file photo taken Sept. 3, 2022, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson speaks during a news conference after the launch of the uncrewed Artemis I lunar rocket was delayed, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  (AFP)
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