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Why Not Just Dispose of Nuclear Waste in the Sun?

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Randy L
- 3381 days ago -
PopSci follows up with the question I asked awhile back, "Why Not Just Dispose of Nuclear Waste in the Sun?"


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Randy L B (65)
Thursday April 15, 2010, 5:41 am
Originally posted at the Acton Institute:

I have problems with merely shooting the material into the sun.

We might need it later. What for, God only knows. I do know that, in the past, uses were eventually found for so-called ‘useless’ things.

I agree with Dr Zink in that anything that can be recycled should be recycled, at our present state of technology.

Even at that, there is a probability (albeit small at this point) that some use may be found in the future for what we cannot recycle or use at this time.

If present launch vehicles are considered unreliable, then a ’space cannon’ may be a worthy alternnative.

However, I’d support shooting the matter into a LaGrange point near the moon, via a consortium of the nuclear and spacegoing powers.

In that way, the material would be accessible to possible future moon colonies.

It’d surely be rather difficult to bring it back immediately, which would lessen the likelihood of illegal acquisition.

Guardian satellites could accompany the material to watch over it and prevent its theft by manned or unmanned craft.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 15, 2010, 6:12 am
high cost will always stop this

Randy L B (65)
Thursday April 15, 2010, 11:53 am
but it will get cheaper, over time.

the real problem is going to be the politics of the matter.

that'll keep the material here, where all kinds of mischief could ensue.

Aaerelon Ablenas (4)
Friday April 16, 2010, 5:06 pm
The thought of launching radio active waste into space via a chemical rocket makes me nervous. One explosion and there would be a few issues...

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 17, 2010, 12:34 am
We've been launching radioactive material into space for a long time. Including things like nuclear batteries to power satellites.

mr Crowley (23)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 2:08 am
i'm with andrew here. imagine what happens when the rocket explodes and spreads the radioactive material all over the place.

Randy L B (65)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 7:36 am
We're eventually gonna haveta do something. As it accumulates and the longer nothing is done, the greater chance the public will be harmed, via theft, sale, accideent, or by just sitting there.

We could put it underground, but that might harm other forms of life and irradiate aquifiers or water tables. And fresh water is gonna start to be very scare in the years ahead. It's already creating tensions between some countries, such as Pakistan and Indiaa.

I'd really prefer--if we couldn't put it into space--to put it under the crust of the earth. . .right into the mantle. But we haven't got the technology for it.

Our rockets are basically the same thing the Chinese inveted a thousand years ago. We need other forms of propulsion. People are working on several alternatives, but it's slow.

The 'space cannon' referred to in the story might be the safest, but it has one hell of a hurdle to overcome. . .attaining a speed of at least seven miles per second, to overcome Earth's gravity.

This is definitely gonna take some thinking and working out. And time is growing short.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Monday March 28, 2011, 12:41 pm
1) high cost and energy needed to get out of Earth's gravity-well
2) accident-prone
" I'm always struck by how doggedly some are aiming at the bull's-eye of the wrong targets. " (borrowing words from Food., Inc. (2008)
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