Gallery: Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But...


There has been a lot of debate about the merits of space tourism over the last few years. Some see it as a luxury for the super-rich, others an opportunity to go where only a lucky few have gone before — but one thing that is unavoidable is the environmental impact. With Virgin Galactic officially announcing that next year will see the start of their space tourism flights, we look at the impact of the industry on our planet.

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  1. Mellisa Turner July 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Space tourism is certainly an ingenious idea. Earlier it was thought that space travel could only be possible in science fiction. But now with considerable improvement in science and technology, space travel has become a reality. But many environment conversationalists are raising their concerns regarding the environmental hazards like increased pollution and global warming which might be caused by space travels. If their concerns are true then other earthly tourism avenues should be given more preferred.
    Though space travel does not have any alternatives, but the safety of the planet is of prime importance.

  2. EddieA July 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    The environmental impact of space travel is HORRIBLE. No company or agency has ever taken responsibility for production of their own renewable energy. Virgin Galactic should have planned from the start to use hydrogen and oxygen, and generate their own cryogenic hydrogen & oxygen using the electricity from solar panels or mills.

    Sure, hydrogen & oxygen are hard to handle. But they have been extensively used as fuel in previous space vehicles, so the knowledge of how to safely handle & use them is already there.

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