If we could safely and efficiently "dispose" of nuclear waste by launching it into outer space, should we?
I agree send it out. Just like previous generations have said, "Meh it'll be a long time before this comes back to bite us in the ass". Instead why not work with reactors that break down the amount of waste? Or putting money into a more moral approach of disposal instead of cutting costs
If anyone's seen the garbage episode of futurama then I hope you voted no.
True there is a lot of space junk. There is an animation of the earth plowing through all the space junk collected in the space of it orbiting around the sun.
You would have to get it very far away if the earth's gravitational pull or it would literally come back raining on us. That would cause many bad things.
recent pictures of earth, and you can't even see the globe it's so cluttered.
Not if we just launch it into space. It would be caught in the earth's magnetic field along with countless other crap. Seriously, my math teacher last year worked at NASA a year previous, and one of her friends there worked with what is essentially the space crap maintenance. He showed us the most
The question was safely and efficiently. All these arguments about success rate are irrelevant. There is no moral objection to putting waste into space since that's its origin anyway.
There is no such thing as 100% success rate when launching rockets. Very stupid idea; I am saddened by how many people want this.
Never worry about it again? What about future space colonies?
If there were gravity in space...
Saw your comment after saying the same thing. Assuming the rocket full of nuke waste never got knocked off course, it'd be a great solution.
Launch it towards the sun.
Throwing are nuclear waste into space is like dumping raw untreated sewage into to the ocean IT WAS COME BACK AND BITE US IN THE A@@!!!!!!
What goes up must come down.
He would say "make it so!"
Why not just shoot it into the Sun and be done with it? ????
This is probably what aliens do and we call it meteors. Lol
It says, "If it is safe." Not likely to ever happen, but if it did, why wouldn't that make the most sense?
Do u live with ur own waste ?
I say no, but only because someone will eventually invent the technology to recycle that 'waste' into something useful again. Like dirty bombs. ;)
...wisely enough to actually invest in a program that's worth while. They'll continue to fund unneeded programs while ignoring the fact that OUR tax money could and should be spent more wisely.
@anarchy are you talking about me? Cause I agree with you. I still think that launching the waste into space is a good idea if possible. But if there is a way to recycle the waste and turn it into more energy, then I'm all for that. I don't think our federal government will spend our tax money...
...that are full of their own self-worth even though they're idiots and have done nothing to EARN their feeling of self importance. Ugh. Kids.
Sorry. ⬆ Was meant for that tool below me that didn't know his elbow from his ????- hole yet decided he would argue tooth and nail anyway. This is where all this grading in purple ink, self esteem building BS has gotten us...a bunch of ignorant kids too stupid to realize they're stupid....
Oh, and I wasn't being ineloquent when I said "delta v"...it's an equational astrodynamics term referring to the amount of thrust required to effect a trajectory change in orbital flight using an orbital (or "gravity assist") maneuver. You really had no chance in this debate.
That was an awfully half-hearted way to admit defeat...glad you came around. Better luck next time.
Typical! We humans want nothing more than to pollute. Seriously? Shouldn't we have to live with our waste?
I have to agree with anarchy. Keep it if we can develop a use. Otherwise send on a path to the sun. I suggested this years ago and one of my professors who worked on the Vanguard staff said launch was too risky. Maybe could be used for other stuff.
....Not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with you...just found it to be conceptually interesting. Should it prove true, however, we would be spending a lot of money to dispose of something that should be left in short-term storage for future use. Admittedly, it's a high stakes gamble.
Such eloquent and mature responses! I've sure learned my lesson. You can go troll elsewhere now. Thanks!
I was reading an article the other day that talked about possible (future - the tech doesn't yet exist) methods of deriving more energy from nuclear waste....basically, finding ways to recycle it. Personally, I think our tax $$ are better spent pursuing this avenue.
Theory does not mean best guess you insignificant piece of human waste. Your ignorance if science is deeply appalling.
A scientific law is not a theory all grown up, only a child would think that. A law and a theory are if equal validity.
...in fact, EVERY article I've pulled up says its a great idea "but" we can't get it there cheaply or efficiently....YET! Now go back and very carefully read what I wrote, and stop arguing. You were insulting, demeaning and political to boot. I'm done talking about this. I've made my point...well.
The cost would be high but it's worth it.
-Physics Forum Journal: "You could drop all the radioactive material on earth into the Sun, and it would have no noticable effect at all. In fact, you could drop the entire Earth and everything on it into the Sun, and the Sun wouldn't even belch. "
To your inane suggestion that (paraphrasing) "we can't possibly know the effects of nuclear waste in the sun":
...the article goes on to is us the necessary delta v and lack of a viable delivery system...basically, exactly what I already said.
Your move Martians
Popular Science: "this is a fantastic way to wipe our hands clean of all that pesky waste. The sun is a constant nuclear reaction and about 330,000 times as massive as Earth; it could swallow the tens of thousands of tons of spent nuclear rods as easily as a forest fire consumes a drop of gasoline."
I'm not following your democracy point. America is not a democracy. Capitalism is run by man, and again is flawed like everything man does. Capitalism will never work with a fractional reserve system. Third, I'm still waiting on your citations that back your point.
Your NASA quote, and your equally irrelevant rant about exploding rockets and failed launches, Is still assuming an attempt to accomplish disposing of nuclear waste in the sun using current delivery systems. This was never on the table. Stop trying to save face and admit you were wrong.
out of the Earth
That would never succeed. Knowing how our "dysfunctional" government works, they will probably use just enough fuel to get it out if earth. From then it would explode and simply be reabsorbed into our atmosphere, killing us all with cancer, sickness, and growths.
Your ignorance is mind boggling! And I don't question your allegiance to this country....I'm flat out saying you're un-American as is evidenced by your childish rant against democracy and capitalism. I STARTED this conversation that in THEORY this could be done with the PROPER DELIVERY SYSTEM
Another dumbass idea.
I keep thinking, what would Captain Picard say!
My question is this, stars supernova when they fuse iron at their core. Would sending uranium to the core of the sun cause a similar reaction?
Hell yes, cshuey!