I saw this recently on Space.com – NASA funds nuclear power systems for possible use on the moon: https://www.space.com/nasa-contracts-nuclear-power-systems-moon/ Longer article.
By Elizabeth Howell June 23, 2002
The new awards are part of a larger set of government nuclear initiatives.
Three companies will demonstrate their potential to power lunar infrastructure using nuclear fission systems, under new joint NASA contracts announced on Tuesday (June 21).
NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy selected three design concept proposals that the government hopes could be ready for use on the moon by the end of the 2020s, to support the space agency’s Artemis program of lunar exploration.
NASA also sees these contracts, valued at $5 million each, as potentially useful for the exploration of Mars and other deeper-space destinations.
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