March 14, 2013
U.S. Starts Making Plutonium Again
Irene Klotz, Discovery News
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.
TAGGED: Nuclear Energy, Space Probe, Space Exploration, Plutonium