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NASA Tests New Nuclear Reactor For Future Space Travelers

The reactor could keep the lights on during long-duration missions far from Earth.
An artist's rendering shows the reactor's core is about the size of a paper-towel roll and could provide a decade's worth of electricity to future missions. Source: NASA

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy say they have successfully tested a new type of nuclear reactor that could one day provide juice to colonies on other worlds. The reactor can power several homes and

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