“MOSCOW: Russia’s military said Wednesday that an old Soviet-built nuclear-powered satellite has spewed fragments in orbit, but insisted they do not threaten the international space station or people on Earth.”
Another example of the underplayed and extremely dangerous overlap between military applications and environmental risk.
Sloppy reporting follows:
“In 1978, the Soviet Cosmos-954 nuclear-powered satellite scattered radioactive debris over a lightly populated area of Northern Canada on its fiery re-entry, but caused no injuries.”
Cancer is common everywhere, so of course it is possible that this radioactive debris has caused injuries, either in Nothern Canada or beyond.