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Radioisotope heater unit
Diagram of a radioisotope heater unit

A radioisotope heater unit is a device that provides heat from the breakdown of radioactive material. Radioactive material is added to a container within the heater. Because the material is unstable, it breaks down, releasing energy as heat.

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