NASA’s Marshall Center’s ‘NTREES’ Facility Tests ‘Ticket to Mars’ Technologies

The NTREES test facility -- housed at the Marshall Space Flight Center -- safely tests simulated nuclear fuel elements, which reduce risk and costs associated with advanced propulsion technologies. (Credit:  NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)
The NTREES test facility — housed at the Marshall Space Flight Center — safely tests simulated nuclear fuel elements, which reduce risk and costs associated with advanced propulsion technologies. (Credit:
NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (NASA PR) — Nuclear Thermal Propulsion technologies are the subject of a new test series at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Researchers there are using an innovative test facility to study the properties of highly promising nuclear fuels — without the risk of radiation exposure associated with handling these potent power sources. The current test series focused on analysis of a variety of fuel elements in a simulated thermal environment kicked off in early October with completion targeted in June 2015.

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