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?

13 Answers

  • 1 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 generator

    Source(s): Work in Progress, watch out electric companies !
  • 1 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.

  • 1 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.

  • Sharon
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    at best 10% of launches fail

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  • 1 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.

  • 1 year ago

    Besides being enormously expensive, there is the danger of an accident on blastoff.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Because if it crashed....

  • Nyx
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    One "Oh, Poopie" launch failure can wipe out 1,000's of good ones.

  • Robert
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    NASA is too busy taking photographs of black holes

  • 1 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.

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