Nuclear-powered rockets to Mars – there are serious safety risks


No one wants to see nuclear debris raining down on the Florida coast or Disneyland, and that’s not the only possible scenario.

An accident in orbit could potentially drop radioactive material into the atmosphere.

Nuclear powered rockets could take us to Mars, but will the public accept them?

Bob McDonald’s blog: NASA and DARPA are beginning development of a new fission rocket, Bob McDonald·CBC Radio· Jan 27, 2023

NASA has signed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop anuclear rocketthat could shorten travel time to Mars by about one quarter compared to traditionalchemical rockets. But before nuclear technology is launched into space, there are risks that need to be addressed to ensure public safety…………………….

While the technology of nuclear propulsion is certainly feasible, it may not be readily embraced by the public. The accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima…

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