Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania. Photos by Chris Jadatz
Nuclear reactors in space
- Snap 10A (USA): experimental reactor. Launched in 1965, it should remain in orbit for 4000 years. (It did shred some pieces in 1979)
- Cosmos 954: part of a Soviet nuclear powered reconnaissance satellite series, Cosmos 954 became famous when it reentered the atmosphere above Canada. It’s BES-5 reactor was used by the Soviets for two decades, in a total of 31 satellites.
- Cleanup of Cosmos 954 (1977)
- The last of the Soviet space-based nuclear reactors, Topaz. Only 2 were launched, in 1987, powering ion-drive research satellites. They both remain in orbit.
May 16th, 2013
New Hill, N.C. — A quarter-inch crack in a reactor sensor at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in southwest Wake County has forced Duke Energy to take the plant offline, officials said Thursday.
No radioactive material leaked from the plant, and public health and safety is not in danger, spokeswoman Kim Crawford said.
“There are no indications that there was any leakage,” Crawford said. “We made the conservative decision to take the unit offline and make the repair.”
Einstein with an Einstein puppet
Before we understood that radiation exposure can be deadly, people thought it was just a fun ingredient to make things glow. Here are some of the amazing, disturbing products from those simpler times. None of these would be deemed even remotely safe today.
Nevada Deserts, United States
I thought I’d take a trip to the past, and to tell a wee bit on why nuclear wars, the threat of weapons of mass destruction are so terrible. This is a 15 kiloton bomb, huge, destructive, and it wiped two cities off the map. The current bombs the world has developed, 300 kiloton bombs, are exponentially stronger. You’d wipe a country off the map, boom, done.
Seeing the city before and after made me think, just throwing that out there.
- Purple JS
English.news.cn 2013-04-26 16:33:51
by Alona Liashenko
KIEV, April 26 (Xinhua) — Ukrainian scientists are still evaluating Chernobyl-related problems now, 27 years after one of the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred at the power plant.
Environmental and health issues in the contaminated areas still pose a real challenge for Ukraine, they say.
(Newsroom America) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the 27th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history by stressing that the impact of the Chernobyl disaster must never be forgotten and calling for continued international assistance for the people and regions affected.
“As we today mark 27 years after the Chernobyl disaster, we honour the emergency workers who risked their lives responding to the accident, the more than 330,000 people uprooted from their homes and the millions of people living in contaminated areas who have long been traumatized by lingering fears about their health and livelihoods,” said a Mr Ban in a statement.
“The countless women, men and children affected by radioactive contamination must never be forgotten.”
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Remembered, April 26th, 2013.
In just over a week, the world will mark another year past the worst nuclear accident in history. This coming April 26, as I do every year on that day I will be livestreaming a series of documentaries about the disaster, as it has been a topic as interesting to me as it is tragic. I feel it is important that this event be remembered, for whatever implications it may have on all of us.