Space travel has always been on the minds of man. Since ancient times it has been speculated that going to space would solve many of mankind’s problems. By creating an independent space station or Colonies to live and study in would relieve the pressure on Earth caused by pollution, lack of oxygen, and lack of resources. Unfortunately as Space tourism interest grows so also do the questions surrounding the validity of these Space claims. Is this really the solution to mankind’s Space woes?
As Space tourism grows so also do the environmental concerns surrounding it. As more people start to explore the possibility of going into space we will undoubtedly find more environmental impacts. But what can we do to stop these environmental impacts from turning into a Space problem?
What is a Stratospheric Viewing? A Stratospheric Viewing, also known as a Stratosphere Scenery Viewing and an Earth Viewing is the most familiar term for what we normally think of when the words “Stratosphere” or “Sphere” are mentioned. That is a balloon-image map of the atmosphere. However, this is not the whole story.
The “Stratosphere” is more than just the sky. It is the entire atmosphere, including clouds, rain and other precipitation, the earth’s radiation belt (a layer of atmosphere several thousands of miles thick that reflects back solar heating and other weather conditions), and even the polar jet stream. All of this contributes to the Stratosphere. When viewing the atmosphere from a Stratospheric Viewing balloon, the perspective is not limited to the “aerosol layer” above the earth. This is an advantage because one can view all levels of the atmosphere.