Physicists’ Early Dreams of Nuclear Powered Spaceflight

Physicists’ Early Dreams of Nuclear Powered Spaceflight

Diagram of an Orion nuclear pulse unit. Diagram of an Orion nuclear pulse unit. Despite the soundness of the science, Project Orion was morally difficult for many to get behind. “The idea isn’t crazy; the idea that we might do it is crazy,” physicist and author Arthur C. Clarke said of Project Orion. “The idea isn’t crazy; the idea that we might do it is crazy,” physicist and author Arthur C. Clarke said of Project Orion.

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