Nuclear waste products are bad news wherever we put it. But wouldn’t it be safer for humans if we got it as far away as possible? Sure, but that’s not as easy as it may sound. Kurzgesagt explains why we haven’t done it already. First, it would be expensive and we don’t have the infrastructure. We might be able to overcome those mundane problems in the future, opening up several scenarios for launching nuclear waste into space. But in every one of those scenarios, the danger involved is terrifying.
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The first scenario I thought of is one they don’t even address. We launch nuclear waste into deep space, and it is eventually intercepted by extraterrestrials. Their response would be, “You spent years and billions of dollars on space exploration and this is what you send us? This means war!”
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