Universe Today Podcast

Episode 533: Earth To Mars In 100 Days? The Power Of Nuclear Rockets

July 1st, 2019  •  11 mins 59 secs  •  Download (11 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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The Solar System is a really big place, and it takes forever to travel from world to world with traditional chemical rockets. But one technique, developed back in the 1960s might provide a way to dramatically shorten our travel times: nuclear rockets.

Of course, launching a rocket powered by radioactive material has its own risks as well. Should we attempt it?