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With supplies almost out, NASA is making plutonium space batteries for the first time in 30 years
Dec 28, 2015

It’s often an afterthought, but the energy source needed to keep a spacecraft running years after we launch it into space is arguably one of the most important pieces of the equation. So, with supplies almost tapped, the U.S. government is producing Plutonium-238 for the first time in decades.