January 28th, 2003

US China Nuclear Space Race?

In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the Titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. Arthur C. Clarke’s early novel “Prelude to Space” featured a nuclear powered ram jet for the first stage of a moon mission; it was called Prometheus as well. Last week NASA Administrator, Sean O’Keefe, announced a new Prometheus — a bold new nuclear space propulsion initiative that will do for spaceflight what fire did for humans of old.