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Kilopower Project — NASA testing space-rated fission power unit

NASA is pushing forward on testing a key energy source that could literally “empower” human crews on the Mars surface. The agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has provided multi-year funding to the Kilopower project.
 

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Environmental Health Specialist Jamie A. Keeley  of EG&G Florida Inc.  uses an ion chamber dose rate...
Environmental Health Specialist Jamie A. Keeley, of EG&G Florida Inc., uses an ion chamber dose rate meter to measure radiation levels in one of three radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) that will provide electrical power to the Cassini spacecraft on its mission to explore the Saturnian system. (Image dated May 17, 1997).
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