We love space. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s so exciting- it’s the final frontier, it’s the future of the destiny of humankind- and we all want to float around and eat space ice cream, right? But there is a big problem with space– getting there. For the past 50 years we’ve been pushing ourselves off the earth using loud, dirty, expensive bombs strapped to nozzles– and it’s made space travel a political, economic, and harrowing adventure.
On March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a massive tsunami that severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. In light of these events, we thought that perhaps a discussion on Nuclear Power was in order to get everyone on the same page and help folks understand what is happening in Japan.
This image of a cutaway of a Boiling Water Reactor, as manufactured by General Electric is similar to the ones used by Fukushima Daiichi. This image was taken from http://energyfromthorium.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/bwr-mark1-cutaway2.jpg and is used with respectful courtesy since we found no copyright notices on the Energy from Thorium blog. We hope that Kirk Sorensen is ok… Continue reading »