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NASA and DOE sign MOU on interplanetary nuclear propulsion
A “visionary view” of a nuclear thermal propulsion–enabled spacecraft mission. Image: NASA
Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on October 20 signed a memorandum of understanding to continue decades of partnership between the Department of Energy and NASA and to support the goals of NASA’s Artemis program. These include landing the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 and establishing sustainable lunar exploration—using nuclear propulsion systems—by the end of the decade to prepare for the first human mission to Mars.
Leonard J. Koch
Item ID: 300032|ISBN: 978-0-89448-042-1
2008|1st Edition|240 pages
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This book provides a detailed account of the development, design, construction, and initial operation of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) and the associated pyrometalurgical processing facility. This firsthand account includes a detailed presentation of the design and construction of the reactor, as well as numerous original drawings and photographs. Explanations of certain design choices are provided, as well as experiences gained with the EBR-II. Also of general and historical interest, the book includes an appendix that traces the lineage of EBR-II, beginning with Erico Fermi and Walter Zinn and progressing to the EBR-II project.