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SpaceX Launch Damages Nearby Ecosystems

SpaceX Launch Damages Nearby Ecosystems

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While going to space has been one big step for mankind, it could also be one big step backward for the environment. Tesla’s SpaceX Starship launched earlier this year, which triggered a fireball to explode on the launchpad. This explosion shot debris across the Boca Chica tract of the […]

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One Cool Thing: Dark Sky Tourism on the Rise

One Cool Thing: Dark Sky Tourism on the Rise

“Arguably, the light bulb is the most transformative invention humans have introduced to this planet. But if light bulbs have a dark side, it’s that they have stolen the night.” Nadia Drake, a contributing writer for national geographic, says that losing our connection to the night sky is one of the world’s great tragedies. But now, […]

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Is “Relatively Clean” Spaceflight, Clean Enough?

Is “Relatively Clean” Spaceflight, Clean Enough?

In the span of two weeks, two of the world’s richest men blasted off to suborbital space with the intended goal of promoting commercial spaceflight. This past week, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos took his trip on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This prompted questions about the environmental impact of private space travel.  The […]

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Burgeoning Space Tourism Industry Could Become Big Emitter

Burgeoning Space Tourism Industry Could Become Big Emitter

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Many of the world’s richest men have been investing heavily into space tourism — SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Space Adventures aim to make space travel accessible to all. But the burgeoning private space industry may have some drastic environmental consequences. While space-bound rockets emit less than the aircraft industry, […]

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One Gravitational Thing: Moon “Wobble” Could Increase Coastal Flooding

One Gravitational Thing: Moon “Wobble” Could Increase Coastal Flooding


A new study from NASA has found that a “wobble” in the moon’s orbit may cause frequent coastal flooding well into the 2030s. Phil Thompson, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, describes what that could mean for coastal communities. “If it floods 10 or 15 times a month, a business […]

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NASA to Launch Climate Observation Satellites 

NASA to Launch Climate Observation Satellites 

Missions from NASA have put a man on the moon and a rover on Mars, but a new Earth-focused mission will provide crucial information about climate change and extreme weather.

Why This Matters: NASA is focusing now on its ability to “see” the Earth, not just to explore space, as part of a broader climate re-orientation at the agency, which includes a new climate advisor position and an increase in climate-oriented missions.

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