Part 3 of 3 Parts (Please read Part 1 and Part 2 first)
One big stumbling block for the Interstellar Probe project is the fact that best heat shield ever used by a NASA probe is only able to protect a probe that comes within four million miles of the Sun. The Interstellar Probe would have to come within two million miles of the Sun in order to make best use of the gravity boost.
Part 1 of 3 Parts
For the most part, I have blogged about space around the Earth. Occasionally I have ventured out into the Solar System. Very rarely, I have written about missions beyond our Solar System. Today I am going to blog about a such a mission.
The detection of radioactive materials is an important area of research. The ability to tell whether or not a shipping container contains radioactive materials is of great importance in preventing the smuggling of nuclear materials that may be used by terrorists for dirty bombs or actual atomic bombs. New tools and procedures are being developed all the time.
While arguments and lawsuits fly around in the U.S. at the city, state and federal level with regard to the location and operation of commercial nuclear power plants, other nations governments are pouring manpower and resources into the development and construction of nuclear power reactors.