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Why not dispose of nuclear waste on the moon?

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July 14, 2010 5:47AM

There are two major problems with this. The first takes the pragmatic view of this option and the other aesthetic.

Even in 2010, a jump to the moon is nothing to trifle at. It still takes time, it still takes resources, and more importantly, it still costs money (and a lot of it). But that's not even taking into account the waste you would have to transport. Nuclear waste is going to be heavy, meaning you need a bigger rocket, more rocket fuel, and more money. For these reasons, disposing of nuclear waste on the moon would be astronomically expensive and completely impractical.

Additionally, we have polluted the Earth quite effectively. Do you really want to extend that to the Moon? It may be a hunk of rock devoid of life, but it is currently devoid of pollution as well. I don't like the thought of polluting the Earth, much less the extension of pollution outside of Earth.