Let’s start things off by asking you a simple question; do you know what Plutonium is? Plutonium is one of the most dangerous and toxic elements in the world. We are going to explain to you and show you how this toxic element is produced and utilized in spacecraft.
Plutonium is one of the most dangerous, radioactive, and toxic elements in the world. It is used in atomic bombs and for the sake of the production of nuclear energy. It is also responsible for taking the lives of a huge number of people in the world within seconds. It is also being expected that plutonium oxide will be utilized in spacecraft by mid-2020.
Radiochemical Engineering Development Center is currently busy synthesizing Plutonium for the sake of powering spacecraft. The said spacecraft has been designed to reach places far away from the Sun. The center will be using plutonium-238 for generating heat via its radioactive decay and shall be providing power to the spacecraft. You can check out Plutonium being produced at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Plutonium is created from neptunium, and neptunium is provided to the lab as a solution.
The neptunium liquid solution is then converted to solid. You will be able to watch the process of converting the neptunium solution to solid. This element that is among the list of the deadliest and most toxic materials undergoes a transformation and becomes such a useful element that it is being used for space missions. Isn’t it weird? We wonder if the persons who created Plutonium ever thought of this use for this element.
Check out the video below and observe as the element transforms into something that is quite useful. Science sure is a wonderful thing that achieves breakthroughs on a regular basis! Be sure to share the video with your friends and family members, and do let us know what you think of the video.