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

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

Topic |   China science
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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