Staying on a distant planet for a longer period of time is a challenging task. But if astronauts are provided with necessary stuff then surviving there is not a big deal for them. To have a successful manned mission on the distant planet NASA plans to test a compact nuclear reactor.
The space agency has already started working on this project and will test its first stage in March this year. Glenn Research Centre will be heading this project where the research center will be conducting all the preliminary and full reactor tests in Nevada.
The main motivation of this project will be to provide primary necessities to the space astronauts such as lighting, electricity, and oxygen. The nuclear reactor will create a high power of energy for long distance and long-time space journey.
“Nuclear reactor will provide around 10 kilowatts of electrical power every day continuously for 10 years”, says one of the NASA scientists. Testing some parts of the nuclear reactor is already being conducted by NASA last year in November. While it plans to conduct the full test in upcoming March.
This fission power nuclear system finds its application in the space mission where climatic conditions are punitive. “Our aim is to develop a power system that can support our astronauts even in worst climatic conditions of extreme conditions”, says principal technologist of NASA, Lee Mason.
NASA plans to head a manned mission towards the moon and later shift it to Mars. One of the NASA scientists has been working on this mission since 1972. Donald Trump wishes that America should head this mission of sending a manned craft to the moon, then to Mars and finally revolve around the entire solar system.
The space agency will be launching its next unmanned mission “Exploration Mission-1” in 2019 which would head the most powerful rocket towards the moon for around three weeks’ period.