Hubble Space Telescope project update - 1995
Is it possible to have nuclear waste disposal in space? Some of my students
(fourth graders) want to know why we do not just send nuclear waste into
space and blow it up, or into the Sun. Any ideas?
It is a great idea, the problem is how to you get it there. it is very
expensive to launch anything into space and there is THOUSANDS of tons of
Another obvious problem is safety. What if the rocket should malfunction
after liftoff? It might plummet back to Earth, quite probably leading to
catastrophic nuclear contamination at the crash site.
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