NASA to test nuclear rocket engine that could take humans to Mars in 45 days

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NASA has revealed plans to create a nuclear-powered rocket that could send astronauts to Mars in just 45 days.

The agency, which has partnered with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design the rocket, announced (opens in new tab) on Tuesday (Jan. 24) that it could build a working nuclear thermal rocket engine as soon as 2027.

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