Soldiers prepare to destroy a ballistic SS-19 missile in the yard of the largest former Soviet military rocket base in Ukraine in 1997. The launch vessel that’s expected to fall into the North Water Polynya on Wednesday is powered by hydrazine — a fuel so toxic and carcinogenic that almost every space program in the world, including Russia’s, no longer uses it. (Anonymous / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Bob WeberThe Canadian Press
Mon., April 23, 2018
Another Russian rocket stage likely to be holding highly toxic fuel is slated to splash down in environmentally sensitive waters of the Canadian Arctic on Wednesday.
Documents on the website of the European Space Agency say the Cold-War-era missile repurposed for satellites is to lift off from a Russian launching pad. It will drop its second stage into Baffin Bay, outside Canada’s territorial waters, but within ocean it claims to regulate and control.
The launch vessel, a former SS-19 intercontinental ballistic missile, is powered by hydrazine — a fuel so toxic and carcinogenic that almost every space program in the world, including Russia’s, no longer uses it. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/23/russian-rocket-stage-holding-highly-toxic-fuel-to-fall-in-canadian-arctic.html