Editor’s note 11/18/2019:
Scorched Earth That’s because a single SpaceX Falcon 9 launch emits as much carbon dioxide as 395 transatlantic flights, Common Dreams reports. And with SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and others planning to ramp up their space tourism efforts, they could become a major force exacerbating global climate change.
Burning Bridges Travel company Champion Traveler did the actual math, and the numbers look grim. Just one space flight emits as much CO2 as 73 cars typically do over the course of an entire year, and SpaceX has two dozen launches planned just to establish its Starlink satellite network. Add in all the other space companies’ launches, and you get a whole lot of greenhouse gases poised to burn our atmosphere away. But hey, if the world’s going to burn, you might as well get a sick view of it from the shuttle’s window seat. READ MORE: New Analysis Shows Billionaires’ Dream of Space Tourism Would Be Disaster for Emissions, Climate Crisis [Common Dreams] More on space tourism: Virgin Galactic’s Plan: Send Tourists to Space Every 32 Hours