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Space Environment and Pollution

by Amit Hassan | 08-06-2023 18:31 recommendations 0

The space environment is a harsh one. It is bombarded by radiation from the sun and other stars, and it is also filled with dust and debris. This can pose a number of problems for spacecraft, astronauts, and even the Earth itself.


The sun emits a constant stream of radiation, including high-energy particles called protons and electrons. These particles can damage spacecraft and electronic equipment, and they can also pose a health risk to astronauts.

Dust and Debris

The space environment is also filled with dust and debris. This debris can range in size from tiny particles to large objects like defunct satellites. This debris can damage spacecraft, and it can also pose a collision hazard.


Human activity is also starting to pollute the space environment. This pollution comes from a variety of sources, including rocket launches, satellites, and even space tourism.

Rocket Launches

When rockets launch, they release a variety of pollutants into the atmosphere. These pollutants include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. These pollutants can contribute to climate change, and they can also damage the ozone layer.


Satellites also release pollutants into the space environment. These pollutants include fuel, coolant, and propellants. These pollutants can contribute to air pollution, and they can also damage the ozone layer.

Space Tourism

Space tourism is a growing industry, and it is also a source of pollution. Space tourists generate waste, and they also release pollutants into the space environment. This pollution can contribute to air pollution, and it can also damage the ozone layer.

The Impact of Pollution

The pollution of the space environment is a serious problem. It can damage spacecraft, it can pose a health risk to astronauts, and it can also contribute to climate change and the destruction of the ozone layer.

What Can Be Done to Protect the Space Environment?

There are a number of things that can be done to protect the space environment. These include:

  • Developing more fuel-efficient rockets
  • Using less harmful propellants
  • Reducing the amount of waste generated by space tourism
  • Developing better methods of disposing of waste in space
  • Creating international agreements to regulate pollution in space

The space environment is a precious resource. It is important to take steps to protect it from pollution.

Space Environment and Pollution


  • Bangladesh Former E-gen Ambassador Amit Hassan
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Yewon Mentor

  • Yewon Mentor says :
    Hello Amit! This is your mentor Yewon.

    Before I start, I apologize for the late comment.

    You have written about the space environment and pollution, including several related topics which are very important!
    Especially, I was interested in the part where you included several factors that make space debris, such as rockets, satellites, and space tourism.
    I agree with your opinion that practicing several rules can make a cleaner space. Making specific rules for using the space environment would be required!

    Thank you for your informative, well-organized report! Good job!
    Posted 04-07-2023 16:28

James Mentor

  • James Mentor says :
    Hello Amit!! This is your mentor James.

    In this report, you've explained the harsh environments of space, causes and consequences of space pollution, and finally some practical solutions to the problem! Among your suggested solutions, I would like to emphasize the practicality of international agreements and regulations regarding spacecraft management after its lifetime. Using materials that would burn up or degraded in extraterrestrial environments would also be a viable option to lower debris accumulation in our Earth's orbit.

    Thanks for writing such a meaningful report! Great work.
    Posted 28-06-2023 16:50

Godfred Owusu

  • Godfred Owusu says :
    Interesting! Thank you for your educative and informative article
    Posted 15-06-2023 12:01

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