The US government plans to build nuclear reactors on Mars and the Moon.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration has planned a related project. First, experts will develop the design of the reactor and only after that the construction of a test sample will begin to be sent to the moon. Reported by SlashGear.
Additionally, NASA will develop a special module that will be able to deliver the reactor to the moon, deploy it and launch it. The agency is ready to accept proposals from private companies on how to use nuclear energy outside the Earth.
The idea and the possibility of its implementation have already begun to be evaluated by specialists from the Idaho National Laboratory, which is engaged in research in the field of nuclear energy. NASA said even small nuclear reactors can provide the power needed for space exploration missions.
The project is expected to be ready for launch in 2026. The reactor is said to have a rated power of 10 kW. hour with a weight of 2721 kg. It will probably be able to work completely autonomously for 10 years. They plan to build a whole network of such reactors, they will provide electricity to colonists on Mars and the Moon.
Recall, scientists have found that the Moon and Earth survived an asteroid “bombardment” during the Ice Age. Scientists claim that it was an asteroid that could have caused the origin of life on Earth.