Emissions from rocket launches could affect Earth’s weather systems

Emissions from rocket launches could affect Earth’s weather systems

June 15, 2022 0 By bimola

Increasing numbers of space launches will put more black carbon high in the atmosphere, where it can trap heat from the sun



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15 June 2022

Mandatory Credit: Photo by SpaceX/ZUMA Wire/Shutterstock (10664346i) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard. NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX Demo-2 Historic Manned Launch, Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. - 30 May 2020

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida

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As more and more rockets are launched into space, the pollution they emit could have a growing effect on Earth’s atmosphere and weather systems.

Many rockets today use kerosene, which is burned with an oxidiser – liquid oxygen – to produce thrust. This includes SpaceX’s Falcon 9, currently the most frequently launched rocket in the world, responsible for 31 of the 135 successful launches globally in 2021.

A by-product of this process is black carbon, soot-like grains thrown out in the …