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Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry

By Eloise Marais, Associate Professor in Physical Geography, UCL
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The commercial race to get tourists to space is heating up between Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. On Sunday 11 July, Branson ascended 80 km to reach the edge of space in his piloted Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spaceplane. Bezos’ autonomous Blue Origin rocket is due to launch on July 20, coinciding with the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon…


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