SpaceX: NASA Raises Concern While Dozens of Satellites Destroyed by Solar Storm

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The Facts

  • NASA has expressed concern that SpaceX's plan to deploy 30,000 satellites for its Starlink satellite internet venture may hamper astronomical observations and interfere with space missons.

  • This comes as the International Astronomical Union also recently launched an institution to protect the night sky from light pollution and radio interference from satellites.

The Spin

Narrative A

Musk is making it hard for space scientists to do their jobs. Once enough Starlink satellites are in orbit, all astronomical photos taken at twilight will be contaminated. This is bad for science and for detecting dangerous asteroids.

Narrative B

Starlink has tremendous promise for society. Satellite internet could close the digital divide across America -- enhancing education, healthcare, and disaster safety for everyone. More satellites in the sky means greater connectivity.

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