Billionaire space race: What does it mean for climate change and the environment?

By Jocelyn Timperley, Published by Science Focus, 12 August, 2021 New regulations regarding the environmental impacts of space travel must be put in place to prevent the emergence of a ‘Wild West’ attitude, experts say. Space travel made international headlines in July as both Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin

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Hybrid rocket engines, such as those used by Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, produce a lot of soot (Image credit: Virgin Galactic)

The rise of space tourism could affect Earth’s climate in unforeseen ways, scientists worry

By Tereza Pultarova, Published by, 26 July 2021 Are the effects of rocket launches on the atmosphere really negligible? Scientists worry that growing numbers of rocket flights and the rise of space tourism could harm Earth's atmosphere and contribute to climate change.  When billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos just flew to space. Now he wants more people to come along. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

How bad is space tourism for the environment? And other space travel questions, answered.

By Rebecca Heilweil, Published by Vox, 25 July 2021 Six questions to consider before launching yourself into space. For many, the rise of commercial space tourism is a vulgar display of wealth and power. Amid several global crises, including climate change and a pandemic, billionaires are spending their cash on

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