NASA seeks ideas for building a nuclear reactor on the moon

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Nov 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-19 14:17:51-05

If anyone has a good idea on how to build a nuclear fission power plant on the moon, the U.S. government wants to hear about it.

NASA and the nation's top federal nuclear research lab on Friday put out a request for proposals for a fission surface power system. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory to establish a sun-independent power source for missions to the moon by the end of the decade.

The next objective would be Mars.

The proposal requests are for an initial system design and must be submitted by Feb. 19.