"In 1978, a Soviet satellite exploded over traditional Dené land. Its effects are still felt today"


"On Jan. 24, 1978, a Soviet satellite called Kosmos 954 re-entered the Earth's atmosphere and exploded over northern . debris was spread across the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, the western part of what's now Nunavut and into northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. A joint Canadian-American recovery team spent most of the year searching a 124,000 km/sq area. That recovery effort was known as Operation Morning Light."


@bojacobs oh wow, I’ve never heard of this before! I always thought that nukes were outlawed in space. It seems like Kosmos 954 had a nuclear reactor ( not a nuclear weapon…seems like a loophole.

@benkenney Yes, nuclear weapons are banned in space, but nuclear power sources are everywhere:

A 1964 accident involving a SNAP–9A power source in a US satellite distributed plutonium over a large area of the Souther Hemisphere.

@bojacobs I remember this. They brought a TV on a cart into our classroom so we could watch the news. It added to the general terror kids felt about the Cold War. We knew that unless it landed in the ocean someone was going to suffer for it.

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