Chinese researchers say chemical fuel and solar panels will no longer be enough to meet the demands of human space exploration, which is expected to expand significantly. Photo: TNS
Chinese researchers say chemical fuel and solar panels will no longer be enough to meet the demands of human space exploration, which is expected to expand significantly. Photo: TNS
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China’s space programme will go nuclear to power future missions to the moon and Mars

  • Prototype design for a powerful nuclear reactor for the space programme has been completed and some components have been built, according to researchers
  • Secrecy surrounding most Chinese space nuclear reactor programmes means there is no government regulation or law on clean-up after an accident

Chinese researchers say chemical fuel and solar panels will no longer be enough to meet the demands of human space exploration, which is expected to expand significantly. Photo: TNS
Chinese researchers say chemical fuel and solar panels will no longer be enough to meet the demands of human space exploration, which is expected to expand significantly. Photo: TNS
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