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Boomhauer
06-29-2011, 03:30 PM
Happy 50th Birthday RTG
http://i.space.com/images/i/10668/i01/rps-nuclear-space-flight-50-years-logo.jpg?1309382546
http://www.space.com/12118-space-nuclear-power-50-years-transit-4a.html
On June 29, 1961 Transit 4A was launched atop a Thor-DM21 Able-Star rocket. Transit was a Navy program and precursor to today's GPS system. Aboard was the first radioisotope thermoelectric generator, or nuclear battery, sent into space. RTGs have continued to be a long lived and reliable power source for NASA, including Apollo landers, Voyager 1+2 still operating near the edge of the solar systems and the dune buggy-size Mars Rover to launch later this year.

oubronco
06-29-2011, 04:06 PM
Happy B Day!!!

Hulamau
06-29-2011, 04:29 PM
Happy B-day Spring Chicken!

worm
06-29-2011, 06:29 PM
You don't post much RTG....but happy birthday!

OABB
06-29-2011, 06:30 PM
will i get banned if i call out rtg in a birthday thread?

broncosteven
06-29-2011, 06:58 PM
Happy 50th Birthday RTG
http://i.space.com/images/i/10668/i01/rps-nuclear-space-flight-50-years-logo.jpg?1309382546
http://www.space.com/12118-space-nuclear-power-50-years-transit-4a.html
On June 29, 1961 Transit 4A was launched atop a Thor-DM21 Able-Star rocket. Transit was a Navy program and precursor to today's GPS system. Aboard was the first radioisotope thermoelectric generator, or nuclear battery, sent into space. RTGs have continued to be a long lived and reliable power source for NASA, including Apollo landers, Voyager 1+2 still operating near the edge of the solar systems and the dune buggy-size Mars Rover to launch later this year.

It is aweinspiring to think that the Voyager's are still operational after some 30+ years NASA expects them to have power for another 5-10 years.

Boomhauer
06-29-2011, 10:18 PM
And now some required hot-plutonium-action...
http://eltamiz.com/images/2011/April/pastilla-plutonio.jpg
Is that an RTG, or you just happy to see Pluto?
http://planety.info/New_Horizons.jpg
Nuclear badonkadonk headed to Mars...
http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn12222/dn12222-1_600.jpg