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Space shuttles spewed metals into refuge. But what does it mean for the gators?

from Environmental Health News

Billows of fire and smoke filled the air above Florida's Kennedy Space Center as the countdown clock reached zero. Flanked by two rocket boosters and strapped to the back of a giant red fuel tank, the space shuttle blasted off. Within seconds, the spacecraft disappeared from sight. In just over 8 minutes, it reached outer space. But NASA’s launches left more than a legacy of space exploration. Before leaving Earth's atmosphere, each shuttle spewed thousands of pounds of metals and other chemicals into the air. more


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