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Re: Curiosity Has the Same Battery Worries We Do
Not to worry, arf. Supposedly the USSR had some 2000 (two thouand) strontium piles deployed in remote areas to power aircraft navigation beacons and other equipment, and they were unprotected and unaccounted for after the USSR fell apart.
Word got out mainly after some hunters huddled around the base of one to stay warm on a cold night--and were subsequently treated for radiation sickness.
So somewhere out there, there are possibly 2000 nuclear power packs, for sale to the highest bidder
Got any brand name or specific technology type for the batteries on Curiousity?