Scientists Are Automating Plutonium Production So NASA Can Explore Deep Space
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have eliminated a major bottleneck in the production of plutonium-238 for deep space exploration through automation.
Peak Plutonium is Jeopardizing the Future of Planetary Science
Almost as long as it’s been around, NASA has been using nuclear material — specifically plutonium-238 — to power its long-duration interplanetary spacecraft. But the available store of nuclear material is drying up, putting the future of planetary...
Amy Shira Teitel