5 Feb 02. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – For the first time in a decade, NASA has been given the go-ahead to say the “N” word – nuclear power for space. The White House-backed NASA budget for fiscal year 2003 includes a major nuclear systems initiative that sets the stage for faster trip times by spacecraft exploring the solar system and powering human outposts on distant worlds. That announcement was heralded here at the Space Technology & Applications International Forum (STAIF-2002) meeting, an amalgam of conferences that includes the 19th symposium on space nuclear power and propulsion, full story at: http://www.space.com/news/nasa_nuclear_020205.html Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!