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Russian is hoping its new nuclear rocket will help it reach the Red Planet, Mars, as well as set up a base on the moon. The rocket will likely be a Nuclear Gas Core Reactor (NGCR) fission rocket design.  (Source: RIA Novosti ?????? ?????)

Russia developed an early nuclear fission engine, the RD-0410 NTP Engine, back in the 1960s.  (Source: Dietrich Haeseler)
While the U.S. dreams of plasma, Russia looks to nuclear

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abysmal math
By blowfish on 11/3/2009 8:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the standard of math in this thread is representative of the standard throughout the US. If so, it bodes ill for the future!

Part of the problem lies in the continued use of silly units. If the ion engine truly gives an acceleration of 5mph per hour, it would surely be better expressed as 0.00062m/s, which better illustrates how low it is.

NASA are also prime exponents of the use of inappropriate units. I heard that the Ares 1 on it's launch pad weighed over x million pounds. (can't recall the actual figure) They might as well give the weight in ounces, or even carats! Why not give it in tonnes? Could it be they think it sounds more impressive in smaller units and that it will help them get the budget they need? With that kind of thinking, it's not surprising they're doing so badly.

Can't really see them "going back" to the moon any time soon!

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