On Tuesday, March 2nd, Elon Musk tweeted "Creating the city of Starbase, Texas". Although the world-renowned innovator is known for his provocative sense of humor, there is often a lot of truth behind his vague yet intriguing messages.
REUTERS reports that the mystery gained even more attention after SpaceX (another one of Musk's revolutionary space-related companies) posted a job listing, seeking applications from engineers to work for yet another new company known as Starlink.
Starlink's premiere endeavor: launch tens of thousands of satellites into Earth's orbit, eventually granting high speed internet to the entire globe. But is it all good?
According to a recent Forbes article, these satellites are brighter than anyone had anticipated, which can have a negative impact on not only professional astronomical observations, but also the average person's view of those scenic night skies. Many would argue we already have far more than enough in terms of light pollution. But the potential consequences don't stop there.
Back in May of 2020, Roland Lehoucq and Francois Garner published an article on PHYS.ORG, stating that there is already too much traffic in the low Earth orbit region. Adding thousands of satellites would increase the chance of collision, thus sprinkling our atmosphere with harmful debris.
In any case, the Lone Star State proves its worth by continuing to host some of mankind's most ambitious technological advancements.