What If We Sent Our Trash Into the Sun?

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Shared August 11, 2019

Welcome to your new landfill: a giant ball of burning gas that we call the Sun. With surface temperatures of 5,500°C (9,940°F), it could obliterate any type of trash we throw at it, from pesky plastics to nuclear waste. And with everything we're launching into space these days, surely it wouldn't be too hard to send a little trash to the Sun. But how much would it cost?

What dangers would be involved? And why would it be easier to send a rocket right out of our Solar System than it would be to get anything to the Sun?

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