Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Kilopower - Powering NASA Missions on Mars

Apr 10, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Fe Community College (Jemez Rooms)
6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe
Patrick McClure and David Poston
Community Partnerships Office

Event Description

When we imagine sending humans to live on Mars, the moon or other planets in the not-so-distant future, a key question is: what kind of power source is small yet potent enough to reliably power an extraterrestrial habitat, and also make fuel for the trip home?

Join 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 Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with NASA that the agency hopes will one day power a colony in space.

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.