Comments: Tin-foil brigadier or forebearer of doom?

Tin-foil brigadier or forebearer of doom?

I vote for the first one.

When I was in high school I was assigned to a team project on establishing a nuclear power plant -- we had to deal with every aspect, including the waste. We researched what would happen if the waste were launched into the sun, and the answer was "not much."

Now, Jupiter is considered by some to be a proto-star, with slightly too little mass to start fusion (think 2010, the movie sequel to 2001, though the trigger was artificially compressing what was already there; I think in reality the resulting star wouldn't have stayed lit for long without more mass). But I don't think one space probe's worth of Plutonium is going to be enough to make the difference.

Maybe we shouldn't make a habit of it though.

Posted by McGehee at September 22, 2003 10:34 AM