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The Thermal Nuclear Engine That Could Take Us To Mars In Just 3 Months

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Gone are the times when we thought that the rocket was fast; the thermal nuclear engine is twice as fast as a chemical rocket. The Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) created a brand new thermal nuclear engine that can travel between Earth and Mars.

It only takes this engine three months to go to Mars and three months to come back to Earth. The thermal nuclear engine is powered using ceramic microcapsules that contain high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU). 

Producing a nuclear reactor light and safe enough to operate outside the Earth’s atmosphere is the only issue with this plan.

The engine uses the heat produced through nuclear reactions in order to push a rocket at speeds. They are way different compared with chemical rockets because they use chemical propellants like liquid oxygen to create a supersized fossil fuel combustion engine.

Even though this technology was introduced by USNC recently, Elon Musk had suggested that nuclear engines could be used to get astronauts to Mars effectively. But he focused more on the health and safety of the astronauts.

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The design powering the micro-reactor energy facility and the reactor in the nuclear thermal propulsion engine both use HALEU fuel. It is due to the fact that its ceramic case being safe in unbearably high temperatures. The design used by USNC combines terrestrial and space reactor technologies.

According to the Department of Energy, HALEU fuel is comparable to the higher risk of handling nuclear materials. When traveling to Mars, they need to focus on cosmic radiation since it is an excellent issue. This engine is more stable because it uses encapsulated low enriched fuel. It gives twice the thrust than that of a chemical engine. 

The first spaceflight which landed on the moon was Apollo 11, which landed the first human beings on the moon. The American crew Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, around 20:17 UTC (14:17 CST).

Wernher von Braun was born on March 23, 1912, built the first rocket to the moon. He was from a small town in Wirsitz in the Posen Province, then the German Empire. He was the second son of the three sons of a noble Lutheran family.

Apparently, the Saturn V remains the heaviest, tallest, and most powerful rocket to have ever been brought to operational status.

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What does space smell like?

Astronaut Thomas Jones said that space smells like it carries a distinct odor of ozone, a faint acrid smell, almost a bit like gunpowder, sulfurous. Tony Antonelli, another space-walker, said space definitely has a smell that’s different than anything. 

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