Science: Nuclear Dump in the Heavens

Using the space shuttle to "bury" radioactive wastes

As the poisoning of Love Canal painfully shows, the problem of ordinary chemical pollution is horrendous enough. But potentially worse is the dilemma of how to dispose of radioactive wastes. Though countless schemes have been proposed for sealing the deadly stuff deep within the earth, few people seem willing to live on or near such a "hot" burial ground. Now scientists are suggesting another idea: banish the nuclear-age garbage to far-off space, using NASA'S shuttle as a kind of celestial dump truck when it finally flies,...

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