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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Jun 27, 2005.
Oh well. If they slap that "National Security" sticker on it, there is no stopping them.
I think the Voyager spacecraft has this material in it.
Could be wrong.
Pu -239 has no military uses (it's unsuitable for nuclear weapons). Maybe they want to use it to reduce the US's dependence on foreign oil. I read an interesting article that claimed the neo-cons were thinking along the same lines as environmental groups - reducing the dependency on oil - but for different reasons. Don't think this was what Greenpeace had in mind though. Pu -239 is a component in MOX fuel which is highly efficient - the problem comes in handling and disposing of it. Maybe it's classified because they don't want the oil companies to know?
Yes, and Cassini too.
wel lthe question is: what other military uses are there ? if they would need it for some space vehicles like voyager etc. i doubt the russians would make problems..
so they are stuck with spy satelites etc.
For what it's worth, I heard it was to be used in machines which tap into undersea phone cables, as well as spacecraft.