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Gearing up for a Mars landing.

Manned spacecraft could be on their way to Mars by 2017 if space agencies used existing nuclear propulsion systems, it has been claimed. Nikolay Ponomarev-Stepnoi of the Kurchatov Institute said Russian-designed nuclear engines and propulsion systems were already at the experimental stage. Using this technology, a spaceship could be produced by 2017. Russian firm Energiya also announced it had developed a 300kW power unit with a 10-year engine life that could power a mission to Jupiter. But ESA said that a nuclear-powered spacecraft is not one of its present priorities.
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Title Annotation:IN BRIEF
Publication:Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 11, 2005
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