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“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, many are seeking to repair those connections, sparking a new tourism industry.
Dark Sky tourism is gaining popularity as post-quarantine travelers flock to campgrounds and national parks. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), founded in 1988, has been certifying public spaces as Dark Sky Preserves for decades. John Barentine, the director of conservation for the IDA, says that the preserves don’t just preserve the beauty but also the wellbeing of crucial ecosystems. Now, there are more than 60 dark sky parks in the U.S. where travelers can go to reconnect with the cosmos, including the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, and Big Bend National Parks.
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 […]
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 […]
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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