Will Space Tourism Harm The Environment?
Provided By - Video Elephant on July 26, 2021
Companies such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are investing heavily in space tourism.
In the future, Virgin Galactic aims to launch 400 space flights annually.
However, experts warn that an increase in the number of space flights that take place each year could harm the environment.
Experts say that a space tourist’s carbon footprint is 100 times larger than the one left by a passenger on a commercial flight.
Because so few people are on board each space flight, the emissions per passenger are much higher.
Studies say that the release of soot from the rockets could hurt the stratosphere and the ozone layer.
One study from 2010 found that the soot released from 100 space flights could warm Antarctica by one degree Celsius