Non-technical question: does anyone know anything more about why Jeanette Epps has been grounded? There's some speculation on Twitter, which led me to wonder if having "CIA" on her resume might have been seen as an undesirable thing for an international space station. But that's a wild guess. Anyone have the inside scoop?
I honestly think it may have been "personal matters" and has nothing to do with her previous CIA work.
There was an astronaut a few years back (Lisa Nowak) where she was arrested on attempted kidnapping charges and was clearly mentally unstable. They may have become more strict about personal life issues so something like that doesn't happen again. I think part of the job entails being a role model and if they deviate from that (getting busted in a bar parking lot snorting coke or something) they probably have zero tolerance for it.
Is there one stand out solution to nuclear waste disposal that involves dumping said waste on a moon or planet, ejecting it in to space, or in to the sun? Or would the attempt to get it out in space be too dangerous to consider this as a possible option?
Is there one stand out solution to nuclear waste disposal that involves dumping said waste on a moon or planet, ejecting it in to space, or in to the sun?
In addition to the safety issues, it's ridiculously cost prohibitive. I don't think people realize just how expensive it would be to send a few tons of spent fuel rods into the sun (using current technology).