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Why use plutonium when sunlight is everywhere? Any proposals to use concentrated solar power instead of Pu238 as a heat source for TGs?

Smaller, More Robust, Proven OP's question basically includes all the information needed to show that RTGs outperform solar concentration. The 8m concentrator OP proposes would weigh ~12 kg, per the ...
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Apollo 13's plutonium RTG re-entry into the Tonga Trench: Good shootin' or good luck?

Good shooting. Chuck Deiterich, lead retrofire officer, was responsible for the impact point. From Henry S. F. Cooper's book Moonwreck aka Thirteen: The Flight That Failed: Deiterich, however, ...
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