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Karen you've got a lot to say.
Were engineers, we understand, but its a measured risk, a proportional response
to the conflict of exploration.
Nuclear fueled splace flight is presently inevitable but will eventually be
replaced by fuel cells.
That's the evolution of technology.

Karen12959(--nospam--at) wrote:

> Partial Reprint from:
> The Cassini Mission Is The #1 Censored Story On Earth
> Cancer For All People On Earth
> Cassini Mission to Saturn
> Plutonium vs. Solar Fuel Cell
> Cassini is a 3.4 billion dollar, 11 year, unmanned mission to explore
> Saturn and one of its satellites, Titan. Cassini is to use the 72.3 lbs. of
> Pu (plutinium) not as a fuel to propel it, but to power (by the heat
> given off during radioactive decay) 3 Lockheed-Martin (LM) built,
> radioisotope thermal generators (RTG's) that will create the modest
> 745 watts of electricity to run all of the onboard instruments and
> experiments. Part of the Pu will also be used in 130 Radioisotope
> Heater Units (RHU's). The RHU's provide heat for controlling the thermal
> environment of the spacecraft and several of its instruments. This
> modest generation of 745 watts of electricity can now be done in deep
> space conditions by using a combination of advanced photovoltaics
> (solar power) and long lived fuel cells. The National Aeronautics and
> Space Administration (NASA) has been using both solar and fuel cell
> technologies since the days of the Gemini missions back in the mid
> 1960's.
> NASA, however, has denied that the Cassini mission can use the
> solar fuel cell process stating that Saturn's solar insolation is only
> about 1% (it's 1.087%) compared to the Earth's. Thanks to the
> European Space Agency (ESA) announcing back on 4/29/94 "a technology
> milestone, the development of new, low-intensity, low-temperature (LILT)
> solar cells that are capable of 25% efficiency, the highest efficiency
> ever reached, and could be used in deep space missions. If given the
> contract to do the work, within 5 years ESA could have solar cells ready
> to power a space mission to Saturn," said Dr. Carla Signorini, a ESA
> physicist in Noorwijk, Holland.
> NASA Sells Its Soul
> Some background info to show where NASA is coming from: For the 1989
> Galilio mission to Jupiter, a NASA witness swore in court that it could
> only be completed by getting its electricity from the 49.25 lbs. of Pu
> in its RTG's. Yet, two weeks after the launch, in response to a Freedom
> Of Information Act requested by Professor Karl Grossman of the State
> University of N.Y. at Old Westbury. (A request that was filed two years
> earlier with NASA and the Department of Energy (DoE) ) The Jet
> Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) acknowledged that solar energy could
> substitute for nuclear power. "Based on the current study, it appears
> that the Galilio Jupiter orbiting mission could be performed with a
> concentrated photovoltaic solar array power source without changing the
> mission sequence or impacting science objectives" so stated one of the
> reports. A year later when the Ulysses mission was launched, NASA
> actually admitted in its pre-launch Final Impact Statement "that solar
> could substitute for nuclear power but would require a redesign."
> NASA, JPL, the DoE's national nuclear laboratories, and the corporations
> that have been involved in the producing of nuclear hardware for the
> space missions insist on sticking with nuclear on Cassini. NASA has been
> in bed with the DoE and its laboratories, the Department of Defense
> (DoD), the National Security Agency (NSA), The Pentagon, and all the
> military industrial complex corporations from the start. Then, near the
> end of the Apollo days, NASA sold their souls to the military for new
> contracts. Just take a look at the Space Shuttle missions, many of them
> are top secret military missions.
> The Mission
> Cassini's launch vehicle (booster rocket), the Titan 4 B (SRMU)/Centaur,
> built by LM, does not have the thrust to propel it at 10 Kilometers
> Per Second (KPS), which is the speed that is needed to send it directly
> out to Saturn. So in order to achieve the 10 KPS to reach Saturn, which
> is (on average) 794 million miles from Earth, Cassini will be utilizing
> 4 gravity assist flyby maneuvers. This maneuver is accomplished by
> flying very close to a large mass such as a planet and using that planets
> gravitational field to transfer some of its energy to the spacecraft,
> which then enables the spacecraft to increase its velocity tremendously.
> After successful launch, Cassini will first head to Venus. The first 2
> flybys will be swings around Venus, with the first occurring on 4/21/98.
> Then there is a huge swing taking it all the way out between the Earth
> and Mars, where a maneuver on 12/2/98 will then turn it back to
> Venus. On 6/20/99 the 2nd Venus flyby will occur. Cassini then
> slingshots back out toward Saturn. The 3rd flyby will be the swinging by
> of the Earth on 8/16/99, at an altitude of only 310 miles, and traveling
> at 42,699.96 MPH. This leaves as little as 19.81 seconds for a
> trajectory window before a fiery inadvertent reentry into our
> atmosphere. The 4th flyby will be of Jupiter on 12/30/2000.
> Cancer For All People On Earth
> Now back to Cassini's 310 mile high, 42,699.96 MPH, Earth flyby with as
> little as 19.81 seconds for a trajectory window. Dr. Michio Kaku
> explains the catastrophic consequences of such a flyby accident: "If
> there is a small misfire of Cassini's rocket system, it will mean that
> Cassini will penetrate into the Earth's atmosphere. This thing coming
> into the Earth's atmosphere, will vaporize, releasing the payload and
> then particles of plutonium dioxide will begin to rain down on populated
> areas, if that is where the system is going to be hitting. Pulverized
> plutonium dust will be inhaled and stay in the body causing cancer over
> a number of decades."
> Dr. Arjun Makhijani a nuclear engineer from The Institute for Energy and
> Environmental Research has stated to me "the total radiation fallout
> from all the open air nuclear explosions from 1945 till the present is
> 255,000 curies. Now, if Cassini had an inadvertent reentry with the 3
> RTG's and the 130 RHU's vaporized in our atmosphere, approximately
> 407,000 curies of radiation would be released." The International
> Committee on Radiological Protection has set the maximum permissible
> level of Pu in the human body at .00000004 curies and in the air at 6 x
> 10 to the -19 curies per cubic centimeter.
> NASA's Final Environmental Impact Statement On Cassini States:
> "In an inadvertent reentry during the gravity assist flyby of Earth on
> 8/16/99, with the 72.3 lbs. of Pu vaporized throughout our atmosphere,
> approximately 5 billion of the 7 to 8 billion humans on Earth could
> receive 99% or more of the radiation exposure." (On 8/16/99, there will
> be 6.07 billion humans inhabiting the Earth, not the 7 to 8 billion that
> NASA states) By the way, the Cassini spacecraft has no heat shield for
> protection against a possible inadvertent reentry into our atmosphere.
> Dr. Ernest Sternglass, professor emeritus of radiological physics at the
> University of Pittsburgh, has warned that if Cassini disintegrated it
> would present a great danger and "that the death toll from the plutonium
> exposure of a Cassini inadvertent reentry may be as high as 30 to 40
> million people." The International Committee on Radiological Protection
> states "that inhalation of 1/10,000 of a gram of Pu causes lung cancer."
> There are 453.59 grams to a lb. so, 10,000 x 453.59 = 4,535,900 x 72.3
> lbs. = 327,945,570 people. Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder of Physicians
> for Social Responsibility, writes in her book Nuclear Madness:
> "Plutonium is so toxic that less than one-millionth of a gram, an
> invisible particle, is a carcinogenic dose. One pound, if uniformly
> distributed, could hypothetically induce lung cancer in every person on
> Earth." So, an inadvertent reentry of Cassini would cause lung cancer in
> up to 30 to 40 million people, up to 328 million people, or
> hypothetically everyone on Earth. This potential down side does seems
> quite the price to pay to explore Saturn...
> So why are we playing nuclear roulette, and gambling with the devil
> with 72.3 pounds of Plutonium, when there is no reason to? And why
> does the entire press have a total blackout on this utmost issue of
> importance to all of humanity?