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(Discovery)   NASA goes back to making plutonium, nuking things from orbit   (news.discovery.com) divider line 19
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2013-03-14 09:43:50 AM
Just make sure it doesn't fall into the hands of the Libyans.
 
2013-03-14 09:48:16 AM
Damn, I was hoping this was something along the lines of resurrecting project Orion rather than fueling RTGs.
 
2013-03-14 09:57:38 AM
Scary?  Best Korea making plutonium is scary.  NASA making plutonium is science.
 
2013-03-14 10:17:49 AM

nekom: Scary?  Best Korea making plutonium is scary.  NASA making plutonium is science.


Yeah, I don't get the scary tag either. The only way to get the energy density needed for these long duration space missions is the nuclear option.
 
2013-03-14 10:33:01 AM
Last seen taking notes.
blogs.technet.com
 
2013-03-14 10:36:56 AM
They just want to make sure.
 
2013-03-14 10:40:01 AM
Science amd technology are scary now?

Thanks Obama
 
2013-03-14 10:41:26 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: nekom: Scary?  Best Korea making plutonium is scary.  NASA making plutonium is science.

Yeah, I don't get the scary tag either. The only way to get the energy density needed for these long duration space missions is the nuclear option.


Probably didn't read the article and assumes this is weapons grade plutonium.
 
2013-03-14 10:45:29 AM

nekom: Scary?  Best Korea making plutonium is scary.  NASA making plutonium is science.


No no, Best Korea making plutonium is amusing. I tossed the scary tag on there because I had no idea what to use (and it goes with the "nuke it from orbit" punchline better)

/subby
 
2013-03-14 10:52:07 AM

UberDave: Damn, I was hoping this was something along the lines of resurrecting project Orion rather than fueling RTGs.


Why would you want to resurrect the development of a space soda can? I think humanity has the technology to do better than a soda can.
 
2013-03-14 11:08:49 AM

somedude210: nekom: Scary?  Best Korea making plutonium is scary.  NASA making plutonium is science.

No no, Best Korea making plutonium is amusing. I tossed the scary tag on there because I had no idea what to use (and it goes with the "nuke it from orbit" punchline better)

/subby


technology what is it all about, is it good or is it wack?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6HPTom2AY
 
2013-03-14 11:26:11 AM

somedude210: nekom: Scary?  Best Korea making plutonium is scary.  NASA making plutonium is science.

No no, Best Korea making plutonium is amusing. I tossed the scary tag on there because I had no idea what to use (and it goes with the "nuke it from orbit" punchline better)

/subby


I consider it amusing enough.
 
2013-03-14 11:36:27 AM
It's pretty expensive and time-consuming to make plutonium. Why doesn't NASA just acquire plutonium from Libyan terrorists driving around in a Volkswagen van? All it'll cost them is some used pinball machine parts.
 
2013-03-14 12:11:18 PM

torusXL: UberDave: Damn, I was hoping this was something along the lines of resurrecting project Orion rather than fueling RTGs.

Why would you want to resurrect the development of a space soda can? I think humanity has the technology to do better than a soda can.


Bolded.

And that kind of driver tech could open up the solar system for exploration and provide "within a lifetime" probes to other systems.  Any system we build now would be only a little less clunky than Orion...if you're considering high-tech drivers like lazing fusion pellets.  But there's only one system in the world doing that and the technology, while awesome, isn't scaled enough for space travel.
 
2013-03-14 12:26:52 PM

ck1938: Science amd technology are scary now?

Thanks Obama


only your government can create hazardous technology and be safe about it.
kinda rules out the boy scout that built a working reactor in his basement...
another component removed from the citizens as too dangerous, along with freon 12 where teflon comes from, can't have people teflon coating bullets and making kevlar obsolete. where did all the bullets go? homeland insecurity buy them all up?
 
2013-03-14 12:29:15 PM
Scary not so much, cool very much. That being said I wish we had more of an idea what the future of NASA was going to be. As it stands now the future is murky after the 2020's. With the sequester not helping matters obvious.
 
2013-03-14 01:11:50 PM

FourDirections: It's pretty expensive and time-consuming to make plutonium. Why doesn't NASA just acquire plutonium from Libyan terrorists driving around in a Volkswagen van? All it'll cost them is some used pinball machine parts.


They're onto us after what Doc Brown did.
 
2013-03-14 03:10:54 PM
in b4 QA
 
2013-03-14 06:05:56 PM
You guys know this isn't the same type of plutonium used to make bombs right? It's not fissionable, and the radiation it emits can be blocked by a piece of paper. AND the irradiation of Np does not and cannot produce weaponizable material. Not scary at all, just awesome.
 
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