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  1. #1 Inertial effects of more frequent space travel in the future 
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    Could the inertial effects of space travel one day lead to unwanted effects on the Earth's orbit if in the future they become commonplace?

    Some correlated questions include does air traffic or wind power generators have an effect on the Earth's rotation, and is there any extra inertial effect from absorbing light energy through solar power collectors?

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    None which's effects would ever be measurable.

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    To another universe, where the rules are simpler
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    and is there any extra inertial effect from absorbing light energy through solar power collectors?
    Well, what would happen if the solar power collectors weren't there? The energy would be absorbed by soil or rocks or paving or a roof. When you look at how little of the earth's surface will ever be covered by solar collectors, even if we powered the whole world by solar, the amount of energy is trivial.

    The total solar energy absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land masses is approximately 3,850,000 exajoules (EJ) per year. In 2002, this was more energy in one hour than the world used in one year.
    Solar energy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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