"NUKES IN SPACE 2, UNACCEPTABLE RISKS"
Wins Silver Award At Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival
Nukes In Space 2, Unacceptable Risks, a video documentary that tells the
story of the Cassini plutonium-fueled space probe, has received the Silver
Award at the 32nd annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
The WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is the largest film
festival in the world with over 4,300 entries from 33 countries.
Festival Director, J. Hunter Todd, said, “Nukes In Space 2 is a
tremendously important film that reveals the terrible truth of our
Nukes In Space 2, Unacceptable Risks was directed by Steve Jambeck,
written and narrated by Karl Grossman. It investigates the Cassini
space probe, with 72.3 pounds of lethal plutonium 238 on board, launched
by NASA in 1997. Cassini is slated to come hurtling toward Earth's
atmosphere on August 17, 1999. The probe will be flying at 42,300 miles
per hour, and will come within 500 miles in a "gravity assist" or
"slingshot" maneuver so it can reach its final destination, Saturn.
According to NASA, if Cassini makes an "inadvertent re-entry" into the
Earth's atmosphere during the "fly-by," it will break up, plutonium will
disperse and "approximately five billion of the estimated 7 to 8 billion
world population at the time ... could receive 99 percent or more of the
radiation exposure." The documentary also reports on NASA's planned future
plutonium missions, and investigates the U.S. military's aim to "control
space" and the Earth below with space-based nuclear-powered weaponry.
Nukes In Space 2, Unacceptable Risks was also chosen for screening at the
Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina in April 1999. The
video was produced by EnviroVideo, a New York-based production company.