Space tourism could worsen the hole in the ozone layer! Experts say SpaceX launches could spoil repair efforts
Space tourism is currently growing with SpaceX and other independent space companies launching their own commercial spaceflights.
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NASA scientists say they have located the largest hole in the ozone layer ever recorded. In a report released Oct. 3, 2000, the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, said satellites had observed an 11.5 million square mile hole, a severe thinning of Earth’s protective ozone layer. , last month over Antarctica.
Their main purpose is to transport human passengers into space, even without undergoing training similar to that experienced by astronauts and cosmonauts.
While they can’t get them to the moon or other nearby planets, giving them the actual experience of weightlessness outside of Earth is still pretty amazing.
However, experts now fear that these commercial spaceflights will make the existing hole in the ozone layer worse.
Space tourism could worsen the hole in the ozone layer!
According SkyNewsAccording to the latest report, a new joint study was conducted by UCL (University College London), MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the University of Cambridge.
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A mock-up of the Crew Dragon spacecraft is displayed during a media tour of SpaceX’s headquarters and rocket factory August 13, 2018 in Hawthorne, California. – SpaceX plans to use the Crew Dragon spacecraft, a passenger version of the Dragon robotic freighter, to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)
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Their latest research found that commercial spaceflight is doing more damage to Earth’s ozone layer.
The researchers involved explained that the exits and reentries of rockets sent by SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and space companies retain heat 500 times more than other sources of soot (a black powder composed largely of amorphous carbon).
Dr Eloise Marais, a UCL researcher and one of the study’s co-authors, said spacecraft emissions are worse than the carbon emissions created by ground-based sources and model aircraft normal.
Efforts to repair the ozone hole could be wasted
Ever since SpaceX started the commercial spaceflight trend, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and other space companies have started scrambling to launch their own crewed launches.
With commercial spaceflight on the rise, scientists decided to study data from more than 100 rockets sent into space since 2019, including rockets from SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.
They found that these launches doubled the amount of soot on the ozone layer in just three years. One of those reasons is the rubber in their fuel.
If commercial spaceflight continues to increase in number, repair efforts to fix the existing ozone hole could be in vain.
You can visit the new study titled “Impact of rocket launch and air pollutant emissions from space debris on stratospheric ozone and global climateto see more details on the issue of space tourism.
Previously, experts claimed that Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos were not qualified to lead space tourism.
Meanwhile, Richard Branson claimed that the space market can still accommodate another 20 companies.
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