Why Don’t We Launch Our Trash Into The Sun?


Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin! Oh is this one of those toy dogs that does
a bunch of flips!? Cool! I hate having to throw the trash out. I mean i gotta get up. i gotta get the garbage. I gotta throw it into the sun, and then i
gotta go back inside my house. Oh? That’s not how you guys do it? Right, i forgot, it’s different in your world
than it is in my world. Trash is a huge problem on earth. And growing populations all over the planet
are throwing away more garbage, every year. Right now, humans throw away 3,500,000 tons
of trash. A DAY. Researchers estimate by the end of the century,
humans will be throwing away 11 million tons of trash a day. Human rockets today are more efficient than
ever. People have even sent a mannequin in a car
into space, just for fun. Like just cause they had so much money. So why aren’t you humans using rockets to
send your trash into the sun? Well, it’s probably because the trash problem
is even bigger than you think. One of the world’s most cost effective rockets
is $90 million to launch. and can carry up to 70 tons of material into space. So, if we were to launch all of our trash
into space using this type of rocket, we’d be spending [ incoherent math mumbling] a
lot of money. In fact, for one year’s worth of trash,
this could cost more than 6 times the world’s current debt. Also, you’d need 18.3 million rockets to
do it. And modeling after Kennedy Space Center’s
160 acre launchpad, for 18.3 million rockets, you’d need a launching area bigger than
China. I would actually love to see that launch — ooooh
engineering, aren’t you amazing? Oh! Almost forgot, and if we send the rocket itself
into the Sun, we also lose that too, which is definitely not ideal. It’s probably a better idea just to send
the garbage out into low earth orbit. But here’s the kicker: garbage in space
is /already/ a problem. Decades of defunct satellites, rocket boosters,
and pieces of space crafts are creating a cosmic landfill. In 1996, a French satellite was damaged by
space junk created a decade earlier. A collision to one satellite may affect others,
because some satellites only function in networks, like GPS. If one GPS satellite is struck, it affects
basic navigation; airplane routing; and time synchronization for banking and finance. It can also affect guided missiles, drones,
and intelligence operations. Also, orbital debris has a significant risk
to the International Space Station’s hardware, and more importantly, its human life. Losing the ISS would mean losing research
on improved vaccines; cancer detection and treatment systems; natural disaster monitoring,
and robotic arms that makes unremovable tumors removable. And finally, what goes up, must come down:
after some time, the garbage we send out will begin falling back to the planet mostly burning
up in the sky. According to the EPA, the practice of burning
trash can be very bad for both your health and the environment. This process can produce dioxins, which may
cause cancer, heart disease, and other medical issues. While some countries, like Sweden, seem to
have well-regulated trash burning processes, it’s unlikely that we could do the same
thing with trash falling from space. And even though it’s burning pretty high
up in the atmosphere and not in your backyard, we should be on the safe side and try to avoid
that. In the near future we may have new tech, like,
space elevators and railgun launchers shooting trash deeper into space and having it be cheaper
than ever, but until that day, people, we may just have to recycle. So what do you wanna launch into space? How expensive do you think that would be? Let me know in the comment section below or
tell me, what should i talk about next? Wanna watch more Life Noggin? Check out the video we did on just how small
you are compared to the galaxy? On this scale, the milky way galaxy would
be about as big as North America, and that’s just our galaxy! The milky way is just one of the billions
of galaxies that make up our universe. As always, my name is Blocko, this has been
Life Noggin, don’t forget to keep on thinking!

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83 thoughts on “Why Don’t We Launch Our Trash Into The Sun?

  1. Did you know, scientists added some disease to mosquitos, which quickly spread, that 90% of mosquitoes are carriers?
    Mosquitos are actually trying to be killed, because if we killed all of them, they would not make a huge impact, so please, slap dem squitoe

  2. Send it into orbit, bring the rocket back, and then voila, we now have a ring, and if we needed this trash, we could go grab it

  3. i have a great idea lunch reusable rockets on the space station and the rail gun on the a
    space station lunch them

  4. As A Parent This Would Be A Punishment For My Kids I Will Throw " ALL MY KIDS GAMES INTO THE SUN "

  5. We should throw all our trash to Venus Humans could inhabit it because of its acid rain would decompose the trash faster

  6. If we send trash into sun then we will make a lot of electricity because if you burn trash, the trash can gives us electricity but the sun is a burning star so it burns all our trash

  7. I think I know a way we could launch our trash into the sun. Make floating buildings in space with catapults, and have them throw the trash into the sun when the catapult is facing the sun.

  8. You just gave me a idea what if we fly it to the moon and burn it there. All the space crafts will come back to earth so we would need one of them sent up a million times

  9. me: why?
    me: maybe cuz sun will get bigger?
    me: nah
    me: yes! i know, cuz it doesnt want to eat trash.
    me: nah
    me: NOW I KNOW! cuz china will create a fake sun to throw our trash into 😀

  10. Nappa: VEGETA, WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT THE REQUIRED ROCKETS?!?
    Vegeta: I-its, OVER 18.299999 MILLION!!!!
    (grawhr)

  11. Couldn't you just repurpose a particle accelerator such as the LHC into a super strong rail gun, the collider operates at speeds close to light, so wouldn't it be efficient to throw trash into the LHC and have it shoot the garbage into space, maybe to Jupiter? Where the waste will be torn apart by the gravitational pull

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