Could We Power Spaceships With Nuclear Energy Like Submarines? (Part 3 of 3)

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We use nuclear energy to power submarines, but did you know it’s also used in spacecraft? What else uses nuclear energy?

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Could We Power Spaceships With Nuclear Energy Like Submarines? (Part 3 of 3)

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