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Orionblamblam

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The first of the "Thousand Astronomical Unit" space probes designed from the late 70's into the 80's. Nuclear electric propulsion would send the craft on a fifty-year mission into interplanetary space to test technologies for a future true interstellar mission, for deep-space science and to map the distant stars. Artwork I've created for US Spacecraft Projects issue #05.
 

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On a related note, from 1963, JPL's "Electric Space Cruiser for High-Energy Missions":

Nuclear-electric propulsion system using saturn 1-b booster chain for unmanned space exploration of solar system
 

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On a related note, from 1963, JPL's "Electric Space Cruiser for High-Energy Missions":

Nuclear-electric propulsion system using saturn 1-b booster chain for unmanned space exploration of solar system

An interesting find Grey Havoc, first time that I have seen anything like that before.:cool:
 

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