If the processes powering the fusion reactor at the Sun's core could be recreated on Earth, it would be one of the most important events in the history of our species. Nuclear fusion power plants could end our dependency on fossil fuels and provide a virtually limitless, highly efficient source of clean energy. They could help end the developing world's energy crisis and lift it from poverty. They could provide the power for large scale desalination plants and end water shortages. They could also change life off Earth, providing power to lunar and Martian colonies, or even interstellar generation ships.
@motherboardvice visited Sandia’s Z Machine and @generalfusion, two of the world's leading nuclear fusion research centers, to see how close we are to bringing the power of the stars down to Earth. Watch the documentary at the link in our bio.