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Nuclear-powered spacecraft

President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia will spend $600 million on a nuclear-powered spacecraft to take men to Mars, and beyond.

A nuclear-powered spaceship that can carry passengers to Mars and beyond may sound like science fiction.
But Russian engineers say they have a breakthrough design for such a craft, which could leapfrog them way ahead in the international race to build a manned spacecraft that can cover vast interplanetary distances.
They claim theyll be ready to build one as early as 2012.

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