A great deal of money is being poured into research into nuclear fusion as a possible commercial energy source. If the power of the sun can be harnessed, it would mean abundant energy with less pollution, less dangerous waste, less expense, less fuel, etc. that many other power sources.
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I have often blogged about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in south central Washington State. It is one of the most radioactively contaminated sites in the whole world as a result of the use of the site for decades for the development of U.S. nuclear weapons. Government auditors issued a report last Thursday about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a federal agency that does futuristic research for the government. They are active across a wide range of sciences and technologies. They are not a U.S. space agency, but they do have a space projects umbrella called PE 0603287E. The budget for 2021 was one hundred and ninety million dollars.