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There will be no economic recovery in the worldwide without a commitment on the part of the US to the development of nuclear power and fusion research. Presently experiencing a revival world-wide, nuclear energy offers a higher energy-flux density than any other form of power mastered by man. This is not simply a matter of increased efficiency: the power afforded mankind by the transformations of nuclei is not the same power produced in the combustion of coal. Rather, this higher power allows entirely new industrial and energetic processes, including direct use of nuclear reactions qua nuclear reactions for the production of new radioisotopes.

But, by far, the most profound application of the Promethean knowledge of the world of the atomic nucleus is the propulsion of spacecraft to Mars and beyond. Our very nature as creative beings demands that we adopt the most far-sighted and vigorous driver for scientific breakthroughs: manned space exploration. With fusion power, manned flight to Mars is possible, safely, in a matter of days rather than months.

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