Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Dirty Little Secret

I wonder what government environmental agents would say about a single source of pollution like this that occurred roughly every six months:
  • 23 tons of harmful particulate matter get scattered around an area a quarter mile in diameter
  • 13 tons of hydrochloric acid killed fish and plants within a half-mile radius
  • 28 tons of carbon dioxide are pumped into the air at each occurrence and over 900 times that amount is given off by all the supporting facilities every month
Well, each time NASA launched the space shuttle, this is what happened.  In its hunt for carbon dioxide and other pollutants, the Environmental Protection Agency should probably send their armed agents to NASA.  (Note that we stopped launching Space Shuttles, but nevertheless...)

1 comment:

  1. That's really interesting, I never thought of those launches.