A nuclear-powered space shuttle would get us to Mars in just 45 days, according to NASA.
Today, it is necessary to wait about seven months for a spacecraft to reach the planet Mars. Going to Mars is also one of Elon Musk’s short-term goals with SpaceX. For the moment, no team of astronauts has been there, only satellites or exploration robots, this trip being very long. That’s why NASA has just announced that this travel time could be drastically reduced to just about a month and a half. For this, it would suffice that the space shuttle used to get there is nuclear powered.
This technique has been studied by NASA research teams for several decades. The design of a nuclear reactor would therefore be under study and thermal and electric nuclear propulsion that too would be a possibility. This study was started by both NASA and Russia during the days of the USSR when the two countries competed in the race for space conquest and nuclear armament.
A nuclear spacecraft to reduce the Earth-Mars travel time
NASA’s idea is therefore to create a nuclear-powered spacecraft capable of carrying humans exponentially reducing travel time to Mars but also other planets of course. This nuclear propulsion technique would reduce the travel time by several months, just that.
This year, NASA launched its program called NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) and the agency has selected a nuclear concept to launch Phase 1 of the space program. For the moment, however, this is the only information that NASA has agreed to reveal. It is not known precisely when this phase 1 could launch the construction of this famous spacecraft and even what it would look like.
In any case, it is a good omen to see that NASA wants to push the research and it will not be long before the European Space Agency and especially a certain Elon Musk with SpaceX and his objective of going to Mars will also want to get started. in these innovations on their side.
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