By Tory Bruno
Mars is the reason why everyone is talking about nuclear propulsion. While Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) has various applications, it’s the potential for human exploration of the red planet that has captured the public’s imagination and the Propulsion Community’s renewed interest in NTP. For the first time in over half a century, we have embarked on a mission to put humans back on the surface of the Moon — this time to stay. And, directly following this, to begin in-person, human exploration of Mars.