Blast me to the moons!
Once you’ve learned how to tap nuclear energy, what can you do with it? One proposal was to take a couple thousand nuclear bombs, drop them behind a spacecraft, and set them off to push the craft from the Earth’s surface, into orbit, and then around the solar system. Called “project Orion,” it is undoubtedly the most spectacular use of nuclear energy ever seriously considered.
Here’s a talk by George Dyson, the son of Freeman Dyson, about project Orion; which is father worked on.