Project Prometheus

Fifty years ago, US NUCLEAR scientists were working on a top secret project to develop a thousand-ton rocket that would take people to Mars, propelled by atomic bombs.

Now there's Project Prometheus, a more modest but nevertheless controversial plan to use NUCLEAR power for an unmanned mission to the icy moons of Jupiter.

Leo Enright investigates the prospects for NUCLEAR propulsion in the 21st century.

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Fifty years ago, US NUCLEAR scientists were working on a top secret project to develop a thousand-ton rocket that would take people to Mars, propelled by atomic bombs.

Now there's Project Prometheus, a more modest but nevertheless controversial plan to use NUCLEAR power for an unmanned mission to the icy moons of Jupiter.

Leo Enright investigates the prospects for NUCLEAR propulsion in the 21st century.