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NASA teases plans for nuclear power in space

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Vlad the Mighty

* Waits for environmental lobby to raise howls of protest about polluting space with radiation .... * 

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Seti42

I want one. I wonder if they last longer than 10 years if you use less power than

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Almighty Evan
22 hours ago, Vlad the Mighty said:

* Waits for environmental lobby to raise howls of protest about polluting space with radiation .... * 

Dozens arrested in protest of plutonium-fueled space mission

(October 4, 1997)

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9710/04/cassini/

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Blizno
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22 hours ago, Vlad the Mighty said:

* Waits for environmental lobby to raise howls of protest about polluting space with radiation .... * 

 

11 minutes ago, Almighty Evan said:

Dozens arrested in protest of plutonium-fueled space mission

(October 4, 1997)

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9710/04/cassini/

They were concerned about the rocket exploding in the atmosphere and spraying ultra-dangerous highly radioactive material over a huge area.

I didn't read anything about "polluting space".

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Waspie_Dwarf
2 hours ago, Almighty Evan said:

Dozens of dead nuclear reactors are floating in space, and they'll eventually hit the earth

http://www.businessinsider.com/nuclear-powered-satellites-space-2016-3

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The good news is that all these dead nuclear reactor-powered satellites are in orbits higher than 430 miles. There's barely any air molecules at that height to slow down the satellites, so it should take them hundreds or thousands of years to wind their way back to Earth - at which point much of their radioactive contents will have significantly decayed.

 

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