Out-Year Sequestration Will Slow NASA Exploration Efforts

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

For that flight, Stafford said, the U.S. should resurrect the nuclear-thermal rocket technology it abandoned in 1973.

“It is possible to get to Mars without a nuclear rocket, but why would we try to do so,” Stafford said in his written testimony.

“Far from being an artifact of a science fiction movie, a nuclear upper stage is something we once had — a working, space-qualified nuclear rocket lacking only a flight test” that was intended to fly atop the Saturn V Moon rocket.


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