I'm old enough to remember Cosmos 954, and that was just a little wake up call, I wouldn't be comfortable knowing larger nuclear engines would be there just sitting waiting for the odd cosmic debris (Iridium 33 vs Cosmos 2251 anyone?) especially since the situation with space junk is increasing FAST.
Originally Posted by scottlowther
I don't think I'm paranoid, but this has the potential to be just as bad for space exploration as a shuttle explosion if you spill a few kg of radioactive material say across the midwest or across Europe.
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