Space Tourism Threat: Less Carbon Emissions Than Ozone Depletion?

Study: Frequent space missions are harming “ozone layer”

The frequent launches of space rockets are harming the protective ozone layer of Earth – that’s what the US atmospheric researchers have warned in their recent study. The scientists have cautioned and advised that the space missions should be restricted as rocket launches are damaging the stratospheric ozone layer.

The study – conducted by Professor Darin Toohey (atmosphere and ocean scientist) from University of Colorado at Boulder, Patrick Ross of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Martin Ross and Manfred Peinemann of the Aerospace Corp. in Los Angeles – has warned the growing trend of space missions and space tourism could have pernicious effect on the ozone layer.

The researchers have warned that the magnitude of damage to the ozone layer caused by rocket launches in the recent times is greater than harm caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), banned chemical compounds for use in aerosols, freezers, and air conditioners.

“As the rocket launch market grows, so will ozone-destroying rocket emissions. If left unregulated, rocket launches by the year 2050 could result in more ozone destruction than was ever realized by CFCs,” Professor Darin Toohey has warned.

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