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Artist’s concept of new fission power system on the lunar surface. (NASA)

Artist's concept of new fission power system on the lunar surface. (NASA)

Artist’s concept of new fission power system on the lunar surface. (NASA)

NASA and NNSA engineers lower the wall of the vacuum chamber around the Kilowatt Reactor Using Stirling TechnologY (KRUSTY system). The vacuum chamber is later evacuated to simulate the conditions of space when KRUSTY operates. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)