Perchlorate Molecule and Rocket Fuel (IMAGE) Johns Hopkins Medicine Caption Perchlorate, a chemical compound used in rocket fuels (such as the Space Shuttle's solid propellant seen here during the program's final launch in 2011) and other materials, may be a more hazardous pollutant than previously thought. Credit M.E. Newman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, using NASA and public domain images Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.