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2003-Aug-19, 05:01 PM
Russians planning a nuclear power station on Mars (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3162129.stm)

2003-Aug-19, 06:00 PM
Russians planning a nuclear power station on Mars (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3162129.stm)

From the article

They say that all the necessary technical drawings have now been completed, and - after a few minor niggles have been ironed out - all will be ready for the construction work to begin.

Russia hopes to set up a permanent base on Mars. The power plant should be up and running by 2030.

Ya, right, whatever they say.

Just a few problems though.

How are they going to lift all that mass to Mars? More importantly, who is going to pay for the rockets? The Russian government is a perpetual international beggar, they simply don't have the funds to pay for that much lift power. For that matter the US doesn't have the funding either. It sounds like a bureaucratic ploy to hold onto some meager portion of the national budget by promising something spectacular.

2003-Aug-28, 10:36 PM
This story strikes me as a nice idea, but not one that is very realistic. If nothing else, budgets are tight and these guys -- or anyone else-- hasn't got the funds. Astronot's right.

Besides, there is not likely any nuclear fuel anywhere on Mars. Stuff's heavy. Would have to be lifted up and taken there. In fact, one of the minor problems with plans for nuclear-powered space flight -- at least in terms of interplanetary, as opposed to getting out of the Earth's gravity well, is finding Uranium anyplace. Might hae some on Mercury, maybe on Venus. Mars would be iffy. So would the other iceballs out there.

NASA plans a probe to Sirius too. Don't hold your breath.