THE WRONG STUFF: PLUTONIUM IN FLORIDA’S SKIES: Join award-winning investigative reporter Karl Grossman for “The Wrong Stuff: Plutonium in Florida’s Skies,” an exposé of NASA’s dangerous plans to launch the Curiosity space probe from Cape Canaveral with 10.56 pounds of deadly radioactive plutonium-238 dioxide aboard. The launch could take place as early as November 25.
Grossman will speak on Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 PM at 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota. At 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 6 he will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater, Florida. Drawing on NASA’s own documents and decades of his own reporting on the nuclear industry, he will examine dangers of the planned launch, NASA’s history of plutonium accidents, and how citizens can act to keep our skies nuclear-free.
Contact NASA today at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/hq/about/contact_us.html or call (202) 358-0001 and let them know that until they can launch spacecraft without nuclear materials aboard, they should not launch at all. And call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell President Obama that Curiosity should stay safely on the ground until it can be launched without threatening us and future generations.
In Sarasota, Karl Grossman is sponsored by WSLR 96.5 LPFM Community Radio and Pax Christi Tampa Bay. His Clearwater talk is sponsored by WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater, and Pax Christi Tampa Bay. For more information, call (727) 796-6539.
As but the latest example of spacecraft containing radioactive and toxic substances on board putting our planet and its inhabitants at risk, the New York Times reports that "Russians Fight to Save Mars Probe After Mishap." The Russian Mars probe "Phobos-Grunt" carries "highly corrosive and toxic" hydrazine as a fuel, as well as a "small amount of radioactive cobalt used in one of its instruments." Hydrazine, by the way, is also used at nuclear power plants, and is sometimes discharged from cooling tower systems into the environment.