SpaceX Rocket Makes 60 km Hole In Ozone Layer
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Global Warming is considered as the biggest threat. Industrialization and increase in personal vehicles have led to the increase in CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. This, in turn, is causing global climatic changes, and damage to the ozone layer. Adding to his, Falcon 9 launched by SpaceX on August 24, 2017, has led to the formation of a 60 km wide hole in the ozone layer.
Researchers from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan said, ‘the Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX on August 24th last year has damaged the ozone layer. The damage occurred after the rocket’s exhaust reacted with the charged particles that form the ozone layer. Given the fact that, it is the most powerful rocket from SpaceX so far, the damage has also been on the same lines.
This is the first time, a damage of this size has taken place due to a rocket launch. Though this is temporary, people move across the affected region might be affected’.The ozone layer present in the ionosphere is responsible for protecting the earth from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Space Weather journal has published the recent research findings.