Originally posted by MickeyDee
but thats like saying what if a nuclear powerplant blew up.....oh it did.
Theres just as much chance of a rocket blowing up as there is a nuclear powerplant exploding.
And if it was to be done the launch pad could be in the old Nevada nuclear testing range where it doesnt matter as much if it blew up as the US has
already blew nukes up there anyway!
I would say there is a much greater chance of a rocket blowing up.
April 18, 1986 - A Titan missile believed to be carrying a military satellite explodes shortly after launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch
site in California.
May 3, 1986 - A Delta rocket carrying a $57 million weather satellite explodes shortly after lift-off from Cape Canaveral.
February 22, 1990 - Western Europe's 36th Ariane rocket, carrying two Japanese satellites, explodes less than two minutes after lift-off from Kourou,
June 18, 1991 - A 46-foot (15-metre) Prospector rocket carrying 10 science experiments for the U.S. space agency and several universities is destroyed
after veering off course after launch from Cape Canaveral.
August 2, 1993 - A Titan 4 rocket believed to be carrying an expensive military spy satellite explodes after lift-off from Vandenberg Air Force
December 1, 1994 - Western Europe's 70th Ariane rocket crashes into the Atlantic with the $150 million PanAmsat-3 telecoms satellite after launch
from Kourou, French Guiana.
January 26, 1995 - The Chinese-designed Long March 2E rocket carrying a telecommunications satellite explodes after blast-off from Xichang in
southwest Sichuan province.
October 23, 1995 - An unmanned Conestoga rocket whose satellite contains 14 scientific experiments explodes 45 seconds after blast-off from a NASA
facility in Virginia.
February 15, 1996 - A rocket carrying an Intelsat 708 communications satellite explodes soon after take-off from China's launch site in Xichang.
May 20, 1996 - A Soyuz-U booster rocket carrying reconnaissance satellites explodes 49 seconds after lift-off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome.
June 4, 1996 - Europe's Ariane-5 rocket explodes 40 seconds into its maiden flight after blasting off from the European Space Agency launch centre in
Kourou, French Guiana.
June 20, 1996 - A Soyuz-U rocket carrying reconnaissance satellites explodes after lift-off at Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
May 20, 1997 - A Russian Zenit-2 booster rocket carrying a Cosmos military satellite explodes 48 seconds after launch.
August 12, 1998 - The U.S. Titan rocket programme is put on hold when a Titan 4A explodes soon after lift-off in one of history's most expensive
space disasters. The cost of the rocket and its spy satellite cargo was put at more than $1 billion.
August 27, 1998 - A Delta 3 rocket carrying a U.S. communications satellite bursts into a $225 million fireball, soon after blast-off from Cape
Canaveral on its maiden flight.
September 10, 1998 - A computer malfunction brings down a Ukrainian rocket carrying 12 commercial satellites, minutes after blast off from
July 5, 1999 - A Russian Proton-K heavy booster rocket launched from Baikonur suffers a malfunction that detaches the engine and parts of the booster,
causing them to crash onto the steppe. A 200-kg (440-lb) chunk falls into the courtyard of a private house. Kazakhstan briefly closes Baikonur in a
row with Russia over clean-up costs and rent for the base.
October 28, 1999 - A Russian Proton rocket carrying a communications satellite crashes shortly after take-off from Baikonur.
August 15, 2002 - NASA's $159 million Contour space probe, launched on July 3 and designed to chase comets, breaks up on leaving Earth's
December 11, 2002 - An upgraded European Space Agency Ariane-5 rocket explodes soon after blast-off from Kourou, French Guiana, sending two satellites
worth about $600 million plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.
There may also be other un-reported Soviet and Chinese accidents.
IMO definately not a very good idea to launch radioactive waste into the sun. Look at the number of rockets that have blown up. Granted there has
been a few nuclear plant accident, but overall I think rockets is very risky.
Edit to add more...
Little dated because they've flown more than 141 missions now.....
Eight of Ariane's 141 missions have failed since the Ariane programme began in 1979.
And to add that the list above doesn't include the October 2002 soyuz explosion 29 seconds after launch.
Soyuz Rocket Fails After Launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome
As you can see rockets don't exactly have a wonderful track record, imaginge one blowing up in flight high in the atmosphere. The radioactive fallout
would be very widespread.
[edit on 12/5/05 by Skibum]