Category Archives: Plutonium

Were workers at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant exposed to plutonium?

In a rather remarkable case of burying the lead (or at lease moving it to the last six words,) the Los Angeles Times yesterday concluded a paragraph about how the radioactive leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is … Continue reading

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Slightly less nasty technology may soon keep deep-space missions warm: Replacing plutonium with americium

All: This is one of those half-a-loaf stories. World Nuclear News reported yesterday: Initial success in demonstrating the feasibility of “space batteries” has led to the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) being awarded further developmental work by the European Space … Continue reading

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NASA Mars Rover will carry over ten pounds of plutonium into space, raising questions about Russian Mars mission

World Nuclear News carried an article today on the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity, scheduled to be launched on next week:   Curiosity’s nuclear battery is the first of a new ‘multi-mission’ design that uses solid state thermocouples to produce electricity … Continue reading

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