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How Bad Are Rocket Launches for the Environment?

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Categories: Astronomy   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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From Space-X to Blue Origin, rocket launches have increased tremendously over the past year. How do these numerous launches affect the environment?

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Why its time to study how rocket emissions change the atmosphere
As launches increase, policymakers will eventually want to know what kind of damage these vehicles are causing to the environment and if regulations are necessary.

What Impact Might SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Program Have on the Atmosphere?
One of the greatest concerns to scientists are rockets that use chlorine, such as the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters. The Falcon Heavy's kerosene boosters would also contribute to ozone depletion due to their outputs of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, both of which react with ozone in the atmosphere.

Is SpaceX Being Environmentally Responsible?
The rocket is reusable, which means cutting down the resources required for the metal body of the rocket. However, the mass of most rockets are more than 95% fuel. Building bigger rockets with bigger payloads means more fuel is used for each launch.


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