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Chernobyl on Mars

Russian scientists have announced plans to build a nuclear power station on Mars, and should have it up and running by 2030. These are the people who created the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant that blew up in 1986, releasing clouds of radioactive material that exposed Northern Europe to radioactivity 100 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb.

Artyom Liss writes for BBC News that the power plant is being designed to power a permanent Mars research station, which the Russians plan to build in a mountainous area of the planet. The problem is how to transport the heavy building blocks needed to build the plant. And which space shuttle is going to volunteer to transport the plutonium?

If we don't treat Mars better than we've treated the Earth, it will be Mars' final hour.

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