Today in 1978: A Soviet radar satellite equipped with a nuclear reactor crashes in Canada and spreads radioactive debris across sixty-one thousand square miles, including snow-covered “Great Slave Lake”. Some of the debris is so radioactive that clean-up workers will have to use long tongs from behind a one thousand six hundred pound lead shield, all this in a thirty five -mile-per-hour wind and sub-zero temperatures.
By February fourth, the large-scale search will end with five large radioactive pieces of the satellite recovered. The next stage of the operation will be a fine-grid search using airborne-detection equipment. An even more extensive ground search will follow to recover thousands of minute pieces of the reactor scattered over Canada’s Northwest Territories.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Saint Vincent de Paul annually provides needy people in Madison and surrounding communities with good-quality recycled and new bedding. This year’s Recycle the Warmth drive will be held January 27th through the 29th. Gently used or new bedding, or cash donations, are welcome at a variety of drop-off locations. More info at svdpmadison.org.
This Saturday, UW-Whitewater will show the film “Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music,” with subtitles so the audience can sing along. This is a free event but tickets are required. There will be 2 showings this Saturday – at 1 pm and 7 pm. This will be at the Young Auditorium, 930 West Main Street, in Whitewater. Call 262-472-2222 or go to uww.edu/youngauditorium to reserve a ticket.
Saturday evening, the UW Arboretum will lead a Night Walk for the First Bear Moon. Named for the birth of bear cubs in winter dens, the Bear Moon is a reminder that life continues in the dead of winter. This will be Saturday from 6:30 to 8 pm. Meet at the Arboretum visitor center, 1207 Seminole Highway. More info at uwarboretum.org.