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NASA, Pentagon developing nuclear-powered rocket for Mars voyage
January 25, 2023

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is partnering with a Pentagon research agency to develop a nuclear-powered rocket engine in preparation for sending astronauts to Mars.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has said that the US space agency will team up with the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to "develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear thermal propulsion technology as soon as 2027."

NASA said nuclear thermal rockets can be three or more times more efficient than conventional chemical propulsion and would reduce transit time, essential for an eventual mission to Mars.