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In March 2012 the Aerospace Nuclear Science and Technology Division (ANSTD) of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) will hold the 2012 Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space topical meeting in The Woodlands, TX. The year 2012 will mark completion of the first 50 years of nuclear-powered spaceflight, which began with launch of the Transit 4A satellite in June of 1961. In honor of this occasion, NETS 2012 will be held in conjunction with the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Nuclear power has been an enabling technology for the most ambitious planetary missions in history. Holding the meetings together will allow the science community to learn more about the latest developments in nuclear power and propulsion, and to see how new technologies could help their exploration efforts in the future.

NASA is currently developing capabilities for robotic and crewed missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Strategies that implement advanced power and propulsion technologies, as well as radiation protection, will be important in accomplishing these missions in the future. NETS serves as a major communications network and forum for students and professionals working in the area of space nuclear technology. Every year it facilitates the exchange of information among research and management personnel from government, industry, academia, and the national laboratory system. To this end, the NETS 2012 meeting will address topics ranging from overviews of current programs to methods of meeting the challenges of future space endeavors.

The NETS-2012 Program and Abstracts are now available!



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