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What is nuclear fission? | Space

Nuclear fission is the process of breaking large atomic nuclei into smaller atomic nuclei to release a large amount of energy. 

This process is usually done by forcing the nuclei to absorb neutrons  —  the particle usually found in the atomic nucleus with protons. The phenomenon has been harnessed by humanity to both provide energy via nuclear power plants, but also to power nuclear weapons.

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