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RPS: Radioisotope Power Systems
Harnessing Half-Life

Posted July 26, 2012

Learn about isotopes and radioactive decay. See how NASA uses the predictable decay of certain elements to power spacecraft in remote locations. Find out why a Radioisotope Power System, or RPS, provides dependable energy for the Mars Science Laboratory.

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Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012