18 Sep '12, 2pm

Recycling Nuclear Waste to Power Deep Space Exploration

Recycling Nuclear Waste to Power Deep Space Exploration

The same design is also in effect by the latest Mars rover, Curiosity . Due to the fact that nuclear material gives off heat for many years, the waste can be used to keep a craft warm — and thus from freezing in the deep of space — or converting the same heat into electricity to power onboard systems. The British National Nuclear Laboratory has already harvested some americium-241 from the plutonium waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons. The Sellafield facility — an offshoot from the original nuclear reactor site at nearby Windscale — reprocesses plutonium, uranium, and other fissionable materials from spent nuclear fuel.

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