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Space Nuclear Propulsion for Human Mars Exploration

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Space Nuclear Propulsion for Human Mars Exploration identifies primary technical and programmatic challenges, merits, and risks for developing and demonstrating space nuclear propulsion technologies of interest to future exploration missions. This report presents key milestones and a top-level development and demonstration roadmap for performance nuclear thermal propulsion and nuclear electric propulsion systems and identifies missions that could be enabled by successful development of each technology.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Space Nuclear Propulsion for Human Mars Exploration. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25977.

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104 pages | 8.5 x 11
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ISBN: 978-0-309-68480-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/25977
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