- Conference date: 9–13 January 1994
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
In recent years, numerous studies have been performed on the use of a nuclear power source for an early lunar base. These studies have shown that not only is using nuclear power feasible, but that it is also the best option for a reliable, long‐lived, compact power source. There are, however, several issues that need to be resolved concerning the radiation field created by the use of a reactor. These issues include such concerns as dose received by the astronauts, possible lunar soil activation, and the shutdown and disposal of the reactor. Using the MOHTR core concept developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a baseline, this paper will describe the latest studies performed on these issues, and will resolve some of the more prevalent concerns regarding the use of a nuclear reactor for a lunar base.
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