CANCEL CASSINI article

Robert Cherwink (rc@vom.com)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 09:20:19 -0700


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Plutonium Russian Roulette Robert Cherwink August 20, 1997 ----------------- CANCEL CASSINI - NASA is playing Plutonium Russian Roulette -----------------

The Cassini Space Probe is scheduled for launch this October 6, perched atop a Titan IV rocket. 72 pounds of Plutonium Dioxide, the deadliest substance known by science will be onboard. NASA maintains that the chances of a mishap are minuscule, but is it worth the risk? And should we trust NASA's numbers? Karl Grossman's article, "Risking The World: Nuclear Proliferation in Space," has been voted #1 Censored story of 1996 by Sonoma State University's PROJECT CENSORED.

The launch itself has definite risks. Titan IV's have (so far) only a 95% success rate (19 launches, one spectacular failure). But get this: The plan is to have Cassini orbit Venus a few times and then "sling- shot" around the Earth towards Saturn. Virtually world-wide dispersal of the Plutonium in the upper atmosphere through vaporization during an accidental re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere during the "fly-by" would be catastrophic. It is obvious that something could go wrong, and the investigation of the atmosphere of Titan (one of Saturn's moons) is *not* a critical issue!

The proposed mission cannot possibly be worth the risk of contaminating our entire planet, or even part of it, with deadly Plutonium. According to Dr. Helen Caldicott: "one pound of Plutonium, evenly distributed, is theoretically enough to give every person on the planet lung cancer." One inhaled particle of Plutonium Dioxide is a potentially lethal dose.

NASA's argument that nuclear power is required for the mission only proves that they are willing to proceed with a program that is risky and unsupportable except through "bad science." NASA claims that the use of solar panels instead of nuclear generators is not possible for this mission (as so certainly do the nuclear contractors!), while solar power is considered by some experts to be a viable alternative. Cassini should be cancelled, or at least postponed and redesigned so that its scientific mission can be completed without the use of Plutonium. Taking such chances with our environment and the health of the Biosphere is simply unacceptable.

Please do what you can to NOT permit Cassini to be launched, and to stop the continuation of a Space Program which relies on nuclear power with its inherent risk of radioactive contamination of our planet.

CONTACTS / Internet Resources / Actions you can take:

"Plutonium Russian Roulette" http://www.vom.com/rc/cassini.htm rc@vom.com

"Stop Cassini Homepage" and "Stop Cassini Newsletter" http://www.animatedsoftware.com/cassini/index.htm rhoffman@animatedsoftware.com Russell D. Hoffman, Webmaster and Editor P.O. Box 188006 Carlsbad CA 92009-0801 (760) 720-7261

DO THESE THINGS:

* SAY NO TO CASSINI - CALL 1 888 NO CASSINI SEND 3 WESTERN UNION LETTERS TO STOP CASSINI

* Send a FREE FAX to NASA - go to: http://www.interactivism.com/act2/cassini/intro.shtml

* Sign a petetion - go to: http://www.panix.com/~levner/nygreens/issues/nukes/cassini/

* Send an email message to the following (or write to The White House and NASA via conventional mail): <BEVERLY.COOK@hq.doe.gov>, <mary.b.murrill@jpl.nasa.gov>, <newsdesk@jpl.nasa.gov>, <president@whitehouse.gov>, <Vice.President@whitehouse.gov>, <First.Lady@whitehouse.gov>

Subject: CANCEL CASSINI Suggested Body text: The proposed mission cannot possibly be worth the risk of contaminating our entire planet, or even part of it, with deadly Plutonium. It is my opinion that Cassini must be cancelled, or at least postponed and redesigned to use solar panels rather than nuclear generators. [please include: Name, Mailing Address, Daytime Telephone Number]

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Peace!

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