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Space History Photo: Piloted Nuclear-Powered Spacecraft

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A conception drawing from 1959 of a futuristic spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, a 1959 artist's conception of a piloted nuclear-powered spacecraft capable of exploring the solar system is pictured.

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