Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

NASA and China are currently competing with each other when it comes to space missions. Earth’s orbits are currently seeing more rockets as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Chinese government and other state-sponsored agencies and independent space companies make their own launches.

NASA vs.  China's space race to become a nuclear competition!  Here is what this nuclear energy is capable of

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TOPSHOT – A long March-5 rocket carrying an orbiter, landing and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, launches from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China’s Hainan province on July 23, 2020. ( Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

Most of their spacecraft models are usually integrated with the technologies commonly used to explore outer space. However, some experts argued that NASA and China could take their competition with each other to the next level.

Recently, TechTimes reported that China’s space program is developing a nuclear reactor, which is expected to be launched to Mars. Now, The Hill reported that the Asian country has already completed this nuclear-based technology.

NASA vs. China: Nuclear Space Race to Happen

NASA and China both know that nuclear power is quite essential as it can supply energy for many space activities compared to other power sources.

NASA vs.  China's space race to become a nuclear competition!  Here is what this nuclear energy is capable of

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The Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-13 with the members of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 60/61, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and the Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano from ESA (European Space Agency), crash to ISS from kl. the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 20, 2019.

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If they want to send more astronauts and equipment, they need more power. That is what nuclear energy can provide. For example, a nuclear thermal spacecraft could send humans, as well as their tools and supplies, to Mars faster and more efficiently compared to traditional rockets.

Once nuclear-based spacecraft models are used, humans no longer have to spend a long period of time in the radiation-wet outer space just to visit other planets.

The efficiency of nuclear power is already being experienced in other technological activities, such as the new Bill Gates-backed nuclear power plant, which is expected to be completed in 2028. You can visit this link to see more details.

China’s nuclear space technology more efficient than NASA’s?

The Independent UK recently reported that the new nuclear reactor in China is more efficient compared to what NASA is working on.

Experts concluded that the Asian country’s nuclear-based space innovation has 100 times more power.

“Nuclear power is the most hopeful solution. Other nations have launched some ambitious plans. China cannot afford the cost of losing this race,” said one of the scientists familiar with China’s project.

In other news, NASA decided to support the new replacement of the International Space Station, which is the Blue Origins Orbit Reef space station.

For more news updates about NASA, China, and other companies included in the space race, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.

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