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    Re: Dangerously radioactive navigation instruments
    From: Paul Dolkas
    Date: 2017 Apr 11, 15:45 -0700

    Also because if the tritium (a type of hydrogen gas) escapes to the atmosphere it immediately gets diluted a bazillion-fold, and goes away. If the Radium power gets out, it can still be ingested (or worse. inhaled) in dangerous quantities.

     

    Paul Dolkas

     

    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of Gary LaPook
    Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:04 PM
    To: paul{at}dolkas.net
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Dangerously radioactive navigation instruments

     

    You should be OK because tritium produces only alpha particles which do not penetrate the glass of the tubes so should not set off any alarms, My sextant had radium which priduces high energy neutrons, an entirely different kettle of fish.

    glns, an entirely 

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