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Space travel - Earth pollution!

leeCal
leeCal Member Posts: 4,242 Disability Gamechanger
edited September 19 in Coffee lounge
Today the following was reported on sky news

“Your mission has shown the world that space is for all of us," SpaceX Mission Control radioed as the capsule landed.

"It was a heck of a ride for us... just getting started," replied trip sponsor Mr Isaacman, hinting at more private flights in the future.


I personally think that burning tons of fuel and oxygen for the sake of three or four ‘astronauts’ to enjoy a thrill in space is a cost too high and irresponsible taken that hundreds of square miles of forest has been burned this year alone in several parts of the world! Not to mention global warming. 

According to the Guardian newspaper ‘One rocket launch produces up to 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it can remain for years’

See

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/19/billionaires-space-tourism-environment-emissions

Also

https://theconversation.com/space-tourism-rockets-emit-100-times-more-co-per-passenger-than-flights-imagine-a-whole-industry-164601

What is your opinion?i

Comments

  • oldngrumpy
    oldngrumpy Member Posts: 118 Pioneering
    It's all about money.
    If you got it, you will be able to go.
    But you or me, or anyone else will not be able to afford it.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,474 Disability Gamechanger
    I strongly recommend reading this. It explains in full why these people want to leave the planet. It is genuinely disturbing. Starts with a 1997 book called the Sovereign Individual co-authored by one William Rees-Mogg. Part of the idea is to start again minus government through democracy and instead have government by corporations. 

    As regards taking amateurs into space the explanation for that relates to part of the above and their view that our mistake was moving away from slavery/colonialism. Thus the language of going to Mars always includes “colonisation”. i.e. they need slave workers to do the work (Bezos/Amazon model anyone?) and need something high profile to persuade us plebs that space is a place we’d want to go. 


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