Why not send nuclear waste into space?
If money were no issue ($$$)
Obviously NIMBY (not in my backyard) has been a big part of the debate of where it should go. Why not space?
- Ronald 7Lv 71 year ago
If we did not use Nuclear we would not have to clean that muck up
Good on paper but environmentaly a disaster
There are plenty of alternative energy projects that actually work
I have a Solar Panel and A Wind Turbine and I am working with Magnets to try and send a spindle spinning
Imagine, perpetual motion with no energy put in and running a generatorSource(s): Work in Progress, watch out electric companies !
- aladdinwaLv 71 year ago
Too expensive. You would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars just to get a few hundred pound of waste into space.
- choko_canyonLv 71 year ago
Space is an excellent destination for waste of all types, not just nuclear waste. Every type of waste imaginable that has been produced on this planet for the last thousand years could be dropped into our sun with no more effect than dropping a match into a hydrogen bomb explosion. The problem is cost. It's prohibitively costly to get any substantial amount of matter into ORBIT, let alone deliver it into deep space or drop it into the sub. Solve that problem, and you solve the problem of waste on this planet for the next thousand years or more.
- SharonLv 61 year ago
at best 10% of launches fail
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- busterwasmycatLv 71 year ago
cost and risk? "space" is not far enough away. If it is in orbit, it will come back sooner or later. and it will be just another bit of crap that gets in the way of useful space activities like going from earth to another location, or using satellites for earth-related applications (measurement and communications, primarily).
And space ships blow up and crash, all too often. This would spread that extremely hazardous waste over a large area. Not wise. Bad enough when there is a spill on a highway.
- Jeffrey KLv 61 year ago
Besides being enormously expensive, there is the danger of an accident on blastoff.
- Anonymous1 year ago
Because if it crashed....
- NyxLv 71 year ago
One "Oh, Poopie" launch failure can wipe out 1,000's of good ones.
- RobertLv 61 year ago
NASA is too busy taking photographs of black holes
- Climate RealistLv 71 year ago
Space might be the right place for nuclear waste. The issue is whether nuclear waste is a big enough problem to justify the cost of doing that. The longest lived isotopes are mostly useful as fuel.