March 14, 2013

U.S. Starts Making Plutonium Again

Irene Klotz, Discovery News


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After a 25-year hiatus, the Unites States has produced its first non-weapons grade plutonium needed to power space probes when solar energy won’t suffice.

NASA has been using a radioactive material called plutonium-238 to power its deep space probes since the 1970s.

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TAGGED: Nuclear Energy, Space Probe, Space Exploration, Plutonium