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Nuclear—Deep space travel

January 8, 2019

By automating the production of neptunium oxide-aluminum pellets, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have eliminated a key bottleneck…
U.S. Demonstrates Production of Fuel for Missions to the Solar System and Beyond

December 23, 2015

The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions…
Making fuel for exploring space

September 9, 2015

Since its 1977 launch, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled farther than any other piece of human technology.…
Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking

April 16, 2014

This is a simulated inspection of a layered baggage-like object that contains a thin, shielded plutonium wedge (a),…
U.S. To Restart Plutonium Production for Deep Space Exploration

March 21, 2013

The end of NASA’s plutonium shortage may be in sight. On Monday March 18th,  NASA’s planetary science division…
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