Nasa plans to take the nuclear power plant to the Moon


The U.S. space agency Nasa has been designing a small nuclear power plant on the surface of the moon for a long time, and is now beginning to move to implementation.

The U.S. Department of Energy opened in late November industry. The goal is for the small power plant to produce nuclear energy for the base on the Moon.

Nasa and the Ministry will select the most promising proposals by the end of February 2022, says the website Science Alert.

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Nasa is aiming for a permanently occupied base near the Moon’s South Pole. Its erection may begin next year.

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Equipment will be taken to the base on various flights in the Artemis project.

One important goal is to take two astronauts to the Moon by 2025. This would be accomplished on an Artemis 3 flight.

Nasa has announced that the Artemis program to the Moon will be one of the intermediate steps as the country seeks a flight to Mars.

People would be taken to the Moon by a large SLS launch vehicle and its astronaut ship Orion. The first flight of Artemis 1 is already planned for 2022.

At first, the astronauts will probably survive on the Moon without the energy provided by the nuclear power plant. Energy is obtained, for example, through solar panels.

As the U.S. base on the Moon expands, so does the need for energy. One solution to this is a small nuclear power plant.

Nuclear power would provide electricity to the Moon’s base to provide the water and heat needed by astronauts. Electricity is also needed to move and search for and extract moonstones.

A light nuclear power plant could produce ten kilowatts of power on the Moon. On Earth, the power of a similar power plant would guarantee the average electricity needs of many households.

The moon’s nuclear power plant could operate for up to ten years.


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