What would living on the Moon or on Mars be like? Even though for many that may seem like an inconceivable idea only fathomable in another lifetime, it's a reality NASA is working towards. 

NASA's next mission to the Moon is as soon as 2024 and researchers are focusing on how to power settlements on the lunar surface and Mars.

It's looking more and more likely that nuclear reactors will play this role, as recently reported by Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

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