Chinese nuclear reactor can power 10 ISS

China's Ministry of Science and Technology approved a space nuclear reactor project aiming to generate a megawatt of electricity,

According to NASA  the complex receives a maximum of 120 kilowatts of electrical power.

Space missions often pivot to nuclear power when the sun is far away, or in zones of itinerant or weak sunlight

The announcement comes after experts warned the US last year that it needed to invest more in nuclear-powered spacecraft.

The United States needs to move at a fast pace to stay competitive and to remain a leader in the global space community,

The Chinese project was launched in 2019 in response to "a strong Chinese interest in developing nuclear power for use in space."

Artemis is a programme that may test space power technologies on the lunar surface in preparation for future Mars exploration.

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