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NASA running out of nuclear fuel

By T.K. Randall
May 14, 2009 · Comment icon 2 comments

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NASA is running low on the nuclear fuel required for deep space missions and no longer has enough plutonium for future faraway space probes. The Department of Energy has announced it will restart plutonium-238 production.
NASA is running out of nuclear fuel needed for its deep space exploration. The end of the Cold War's nuclear weapons buildup means that the U.S. space agency does not have enough plutonium for future faraway space probes — except for a few missions already scheduled — according to a new study released Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by SincereVisionz 15 years ago
aww man i feel sorry for them lol. that must be why they don't want to build a moon base anytime soon they probably scared the astronaunts will get stranded
Comment icon #2 Posted by 1Batman1 15 years ago
nuclear power is the world most powerful power in the world .i cann't believe that nasa is running out of nuclear power .

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