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This Is What’s Left At The Bottom Of The Ocean After A Failed Satellite Launch

When a satellite launch fails, it’s a terrible situation for everyone involved. All those years of hard work are literally gone in a flash as the satellite explodes in the sky. While that’s bad on its own, it’s even worse when said satellite is being powered by a plutonium battery.

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The Nimbus satellites began travel in 1964. They were designed to be a cutting edge family of machines that could relay an outstanding amount of data to NASA about Earth’s atmosphere.

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Even more groundbreaking was that most of these satellites were powered by nuclear batteries…which was fine until one of them crashed not long after being launched.

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The Nimbus B-1 rocket booster failed shortly after liftoff  in 1968. A faulty guidance system forced the rocket and satellite along with its nuclear power supply to crash into the Pacific Ocean.

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Luckily, it takes more than a physical disturbance to cause a nuclear chain reaction. Team were actually able to recover the satellite’s nuclear batteries (pictured below) in their protective covers at the bottom of the ocean.

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NASA was even able to reuse these batteries in future satellite launches. That’s the power of American engineering!

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