Space scrap

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

health hazards bombarded from space! Yes. Siberians have witnessed the influx of these 'space bombs' for years as the booster engines of Russian space rockets fall in their areas -- the so-called 'drop zones'. Today, Siberia has become the world's largest space junkyard and is facing health hazards because of this. More than 2,000 tonnes of litter from Russia's space programme is scattered across the Siberian hills. Local people usually sell this debris as scrap metal. But this has resulted in many health problems as the debris contains traces of the rockets' fuel, which is toxic, nerve paralysing and carcinogenic. An increasing number of cancer cases and other illnesses have been reported from the valleys bordering the 'drop zones'. However, the Russian space agency dismisses any link between its rockets and the health problems.

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