NASA Chief talks about Project Prometheus
Posted 19 February 2003 - 02:47 PM
anyone else see the topic and get reminded of the debate between O'Neil and carter on calling their ship the 'prometheus'?
The Doctor: The universe is big. It's vast and complicated and ridiculous and sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles... and that's a theory. Nine hundred years and I've never seen one yet, but this will do me.
Posted 20 February 2003 - 02:37 AM
Posted 20 February 2003 - 07:58 AM
— Londo, "Ceremonies of Light and Dark" Babylon-5
Posted 25 February 2003 - 11:44 PM
For those concerned with safety, the nuclear reactors will be relatively low temperature using uranium. This makes it much safer in the event of a catastrophic launch failure than a plutonium core. The reactor wouldn't even be powered up until on orbit.
Once in space the radiation levels are not that high, although the electronics are kept at the other end of the ship. But the Van Allen belt of radiation around Jupiter is orders of magnitude higher than the radiation from the reactor and a significantly greater concern.
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