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 nation’s folly.”

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.