🔗 Applause for Perseverance Ignores Plutonium Bullet We Dodged | Karl Grossman
1/960 chance of release (lower than the chance of the rocket exploding)
> Plutonium-238 is 280 times more radioactive than plutonium-239, the isotope used in atomic bombs and as a “trigger” in hydrogen bombs. There are 10.6 pounds of plutonium-238 on Perseverance.
So we're basically promoting nuclear weapons there, which may be worse than potentially spreading the plutonium.

Note: don't think Neil DeGrasse Tyson has to do with it, but the general idea might.

Even if you think it's worth it, it is notable that the media didn't really ask if it was worth it..

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