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Inspirations: Riding the bomb to Saturn

The nuclear pulse drive would power a spacecraft with a series of nuclear explosions. Project Orion, led by Freeman Dyson, planned a four-year round trip to the moons of Saturn. After Orion was abandoned, pulse drive has led to several

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Greater Minds: Freeman Dyson says let’s look for life in the outer solar system

NASA’s New Horizons probe is approaching the Kuiper Belt. Freeman Dyson suggested Europa and the Kuiper Belt as habitats for life in the solar system. Europa’s ocean is under an ice pack, so life would be undetectable. If there is

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