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Radioisotope Power Systems, a strong partnership between the Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy and NASA, has been providing the energy for deep space exploration.

Nuclear power is the use of sustained nuclear fission to generate heat and electricity. Nuclear power plants provide about 6 percent of the world's energy and 13–14 percent of the world's electricity.

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Five Years of Building the Next Generation of Reactors
Simulated three-dimensional fission power distribution of a single 17x17 rod PWR fuel assembly. | Photo courtesy of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL).

A two-year update on the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors and the progress being made in overcoming barriers to national energy goals.

New Nuclear Energy Awards Give Students Hands-On Research Experience
Bojan Petrovic, a senior researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, will lead an IRP team in developing a high-power light water reactor design with inherent safety features. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology

Students and researchers in Georgia, Illinois and Tennessee will conduct nuclear energy research to address the industry’s complex issues thanks to an Energy Department award.

Powering Curiosity: Lab Tech Goes to Mars
One of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover was taken on the left-rear side of the rover looking directly into the sun. | Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Today marks the beginning of Curiosity's two-year mission on the Martian surface to determine whether our neighboring Red Planet supports life now or has in the past.