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In fortytwo’s nutshell – July Edition

Image Credit: NASA/ESA EN Summer is here and while some of us might travel to the nearest beach to relax, billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos are exploring a whole new tourist destination: the edge of space. But that’s not all that happened in July: an iconic telescope came back to life and new data from Marsquakes revealed secrets of the red planet’s insides. Space Tourism MIT technology Review critically reports on Richard Branson’s flight to the edge of space on July 11th on board of a spaceplane made by his company Virgin Galactic. Pointing out the criticism the “two billionaires racing to space amid a pandemic” received, the article also highlights the event’s potential to make space travel more accessible. Jeff Bezos left Earth just a few days later on July 20th. He was accompanied by his brother Mark Bezoz and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen on the inaugural flight of his company Blue Origin. The Washington Post published a dedicated article on the 4th passenger, 82-year-old Wally Funk. Aviation pioneer and member of the Mercury …

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„Solar-Geoengineering ist keine Lösung für den Klimawandel“

Solar-Geoengineering zielt darauf ab, die Atmosphäre unseres Planeten zu verändern, um das Sonnenlicht besser zu reflektieren. Anstatt den Treibhauseffekt selbst abzuschwächen, soll die Menge des Sonnenlichts verringert werden, das überhaupt in die Treibhauserde eindringt. Gernot Wagner, Geschäftsführer des Harvard-Forschungsprogramms Solar-Geoengineering, erläutert die Grundlagen, den Forschungsstand sowie die Chancen und Gefahren dieser Idee.

“Solar Geoengineering is not a solution for climate change”

Solar Geoengineering seeks nothing less than to modify the atmosphere of our planet in order to make it more reflective to sunlight. Gernot Wagner, the executive director of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, explains the basic principles, the state of research as well as the opportunities and dangers of this idea.