Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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Inspector General report condemns NRC chief over his attempts to shut Yucca Mountain

An inspector general report this week slammed the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under the Obama administration over his attempts to shut the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility.

In the two years that Gregory Jaczko has led the nation’s independent nuclear agency, his actions to delay, hide and kill work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste have been called “bizarre,” `’unorthodox” and “illegal.” These harsh critiques haven’t come just from politicians who have strong views in favor of the Yucca Mountain waste site in Nevada. They’ve come from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s own scientists and a former agency chairman.

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One comment

  • Bob, Thanks for pointing this out. If the disaster in Japan taught us one thing it’s that we need a safe, permanent storage facility for our radioactive waste–Yucca Mountain. And we need it now, not a decade or two from now.

    There is no other solution on the horizon. Should better ideas come about in 50 or 500 years, at least the materials will have been kept safe until then. In the meantime, to leave our spent fuel rods in “temporary” storage pools similar to those in Japan and in various other haphazard storage locations for other radioactive waste leaves us vulnerable to accidents and terrorism.

    Knowing what we now know post-Japanese earthquake, it really is knowing–even criminal–negligence to not open Yucca Mountain as soon as possible.

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