COULD CHINA BE HEADED TO NEPTUNE SOON?

China has one of the biggest space programs in the world, with three different launch sites, as well as a variety of research interests

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) may have a way to get to Neptune with their newly proposed nuclear orbiter.

As the orbiter would use the extremely powerful energy produced by a nuclear reaction, it could take on a higher payload and go farther in space.

The nuclear reaction would be a fission reaction, where one radioactive isotope is split into two, creating enormous amounts of energy to power the orbiter.

This orbiter could also have implications for other space missions, allowing deep space exploration to become more feasible.

The CNSA has already solidified its reputation as a top space program in the world with its 2020 launch of Tainwen-1, which placed a solar-powered rover on Mars and a spacecraft in Mars’ orbit.

Launching an orbiter bound for Neptune would only enhance the CNSA’s reputation, and bring in a new wave of space exploration.

The mission to Neptune seems to be only one part of the plan that the CNSA has for space exploration