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Frontiers in Science Lectures

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The Frontiers in Science lecture series are a public service of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows. Fellows are appointed by the Laboratory Director in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge.


Kilopower - Powering NASA Missions on Mars

Patrick McClure, Los Alamos National Laboratory Kilopower Project Lead
David Poston, Los Alamos National Laboratory Kilopower Chief Reactor Designer

Powering a Habitat on Mars with Kilopower - Frontiers in Science

Powering a Habitat on Mars with Kilopower - Frontiers in Science

If humans travel to live on Mars or the moon in the not-so-distant future, what kind of power source will they use when they get there? It needs to be small yet potent enough to reliably power an extraterrestrial habitat, and also make fuel for the trip home.

Join Los Alamos National Laboratory project lead Patrick McClure and chief reactor designer David Poston as they discuss the design and testing of Kilopower: a very small and simple nuclear reactor developed at the Laboratory in conjunction with NASA that the agency hopes will one day power a colony in space.

Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History
1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque

Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Unitarian Church
1738 North Sage Loop, Los Alamos

Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Rooms)
6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe


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