Two awesome pieces of news that appear to conflict:
1) Elon Musk, the most interesting man in the world (co-founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors), and his SpaceX team (yeah, he founded that, too) successfully launched their first rocket for NASA.
2) Earlier this month, the Green Meeting Industry Council debuted Meeting the Future
, “the world’s first guide to aligning meeting and event industry planning practices with the scientific principles of sustainable development.”
These two stories cross paths in my mind as I attempt to reconcile my love of space travel (and related dreams) with the potential environmental damage from space travel (and related industries). I remember watching countless shuttle launches from my backyard, and giggled to myself as I realized how many people on the Space Coast were likely woken up abruptly by the 3:44 a.m. launch. ☺
Space tourism via SpaceX is still years away; affordable space tourism is a lifetime away. What about sustainable space tourism?
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