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NASA Can Make 3 More Nuclear Batteries, And That’s It
Plutonium-238 is still in really short supply
NASA Resumes Production Of Plutonium-238 Space Fuel After 25 Years
Our dangerously depleted supply of spacecraft fuel just got a little bump from the Department of Energy.
Running Short on Fuel, Europeans Turn to Smoke-Detector Tech for Deep-Space Power
As rare-earth metals become less common, and as nuclear non-proliferation treaties proliferate, it may get harder to send probes into...
Plutonium Shortage Threatens Future Deep Space Missions
Imagine you’re driving across the Mojave Desert, and somewhere in the middle of absolutely nowhere you realize that the next...