China’s space programme will go nuclear to power future missions to the moon and Mars

China is developing a powerful nuclear reactor for its moon and Mars missions, according to researchers involved in the project.The reactor can generate one megawatt of electric power, 100 times more powerful than a similar device Nasa plans to put on the surface of the moon by 2030.The project was launched with funding from the central government in 2019. Although technical details and the launch date were not revealed, the engineering design of a prototype machine was completed recently and…


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