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thank you i was wondering how large of a blast and how much of this area would be destroyed
Originally posted by titian
I think this is more a hypothetical about the fuel/payload and not the astronauts. If a terrorist attack occured against the shuttle with the astronauts strapped inside they don't stand much of a chance considering the amount of oxygen and hydrogen they are strapped onto. I thought it took over four minutes from egress to bunker.
Regardless, damage to the payload, which can contain nuclear fuel sources, is probably the biggest concern. A fuel spill will severely damage the ecosystem surrounding the launch pad. A radioactive leak would intuitively cause more widespread damage, depending on the prevailing winds at the time, which if I remember correctly from surfing Cocoa/Melbourne as a teenager were onshores.