While space travel and exploration has advanced in the past few decades, the technology that is being used to launch these rockets and satellites into space is still fairly unknown by a majority of the world. After a group of Canadians expressed their anger about Russian spacecraft allegedly ruining Canadian waters, a global ocean group is being formed in order to study possible toxic material falling into oceans from space debris.
The group that is being formed is a global agency run by the International Maritime Organization. This group decided to launch their study of toxic splashback after hearing the concern from Canadians.
An Inuit group was among the first to express their concerns about this toxic space debris that was falling into Canadian waters. These Canadians stated that Russian launches had allowed for a variety of toxic waste to ruin the waters in which hunters depended on for food.
In 2017, after hearing these complaints from the Inuit people, Greenpeace conducted a study which found at least eleven toxic splashdowns from spacecrafts since 2002. However, this research also shows that there could be many other toxic splashdowns that researchers are still unaware of.
This 'toxic splashback' that is said to contaminate waters after the launching of a spacecraft is thought to be the leftover fuel from the launch, which is often made of highly toxic hydrazine.
According to CP24, Canadian and European officials state that a majority of this toxic fuel is burned up before it hits the Earth. However, research that has been conducted on Russian launch sites state that some fuel does reach the water after takeoff.
This new global ocean group will be conducting research of this "toxic splashback" and study the environmental effects that it has on the world's oceans.
The group has requested information from government bodies as well as international bodies that are involved in space studies, so they can collect clear data on how badly these toxic splashbacks are harming the environment.
This new study is being conducted a month after Canada has announced their participation in a groundbreaking space program that will allow for further exploration of Mars and humans living on the moon.