THE COLUMBIA SHUTTLE DISASTER AND THE DANGER OF NUCLEAR POWER IN SPACE02/06/03
Investigative reporter Karl Grossman has been looking at NASA's plans for launching more nuclear powered space vehicles. In the wake of the shuttle disaster last weekend at least 12,000 pieces of the craft have been recovered. Grossman says that if the Columbia had carried nuclear fuel, a wide area of Texas and Louisiana would have been contaminated. Grossman warns that NASA internal documents show there is a higher risk of catastrophic failure in rocket launches and shuttle landings than has been publicly acknowledged.