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Do you know if the rockets that Elon Musk plans to launch are potentially damaging to the ozone layer?

Asked by Laurie McQuaig

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Will private rockets destroy the ozone layer? By Katherine Banwell • Mar 23, 2018 Tweet Share Google+ Email Space-X's Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. View Slideshow 1 of 2 Space-X's Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. AP Photo/Matt Hartman Private space companies like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's Space-X are sending rockets into the upper atmosphere. Does more activity in space mean more pollution for Earth? That's a concern of listener Laurie McQuaig of Seattle. She asked us to investigate the issue, so reporter Katherine Banwell took the question to local science and tech expert. Alan Boyle. He says there's no need for concern at the moment — yet. Listen Listening... 4:04 Tags: environment space pollution science technology TweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Seattle's soda tax is hella confusing (especially if you like Clamato juice) By Lisa Brooks • Mar 21, 2018 Wondering which beverages get hit by Seattle's new sweetened beverage tax? KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer I don’t normally pick fights. But I had just gotten the last of four rabies shots at Bartell Drugs, and I was feeling punchy. And thirsty. I wanted a diet ginger ale – you know, something to take away the sting of the needle and the memory of getting attacked by wild dogs on a recent trip to Thailand. Liquor is everywhere now in Washington, so why aren't we drinking more? By David Hyde • Mar 22, 2018 Tyler Pederson, head stillman at Westland Distillery, climbs onto the still to check to see if the spirits were condensing on the still's plates on Monday, March 19, 2018, at Westland Distillery in Seattle. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer You may want to think twice before you start a business making whiskey in Washington state. That’s because Washington’s liquor taxes are the highest in the country, according to a new report out today by the nonprofit Tax Foundation. Listen Listening... 6:34

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