British scientists are on track to have us living on the moon in seven years.
Eggheads in Wales have developed a nuclear energy source that could allow astronauts to live there for long stretches.
Professor Simon Middleburgh said it had been “fun” creating the fuel cells at Bangor University that could sustain human life in a moon colony.
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The tiny nuclear particles – known as Trisofuel – are the size of poppy seeds.
He said: “You can launch them into space, with all the forces… and they’ll still function quite safely when they’re put on to the moon.
"I would say that we’re really pushing things globally.”
The Nasa-led Artemis Program hopes for an outpost on the Moon by around 2030.
The Moon, which is seen by some to be the gateway to Mars, contains a lot of valuable resources needed for modern technology.
The hope is that it could be used as a springboard to reach the planets beyond, the BBC reports.
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The Bangor team, which is a world leader on fuels, works with partners such as Rolls Royce, the UK Space Agency, Nasa and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US.
Prof Middleburgh said Bangor University's work was putting Wales on the map by designing the fuel for nuclear reactors on the moon.
The fuel will be subject to further tests and regulatory approval.
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