Jeff Bezos And Elon Musk Are Upping Their Game In The New Space Race
Sometimes I feel bad for a billionaire. All of that pressure to send people into space has to be something that weighs on you constantly. But then I remember that I bought a taco with quarters a few weeks ago, and then I kinda forgot about that empathy. The important thing here is the Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos are upping their game to get into space.
At SXSW, Musk told the crowd that the first Mars-bound SpaceX ship is currently being built, and he hopes to have some trial missions done sometimes in the middle of next year.
“People have told me that my timelines historically have been optimistic,” Musk said. “And so I’m trying to re-calibrate to some degree here.”
Musk doesn’t just talk the talk, he actually is the head of the game when it comes to getting into space as a private agency. Meanwhile, Bezos is looking to take over. His aerospace company, Blue Origin, is looking to invest heavily since Bezos is sitting on top of billions of dollars thanks to Amazon’s funds looking like a pool of gold coins in a Ducktails cartoon.
“The price of admission to space is very high,” Bezos said while accepting the Buzz Aldrin Space Exploration Award at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner . “I’m in the process of converting my Amazon lottery winnings into a much lower price of admission so we can go explore the solar system.”
The investing into space travel and exploration is a good thing for humanity. We’ve yet to inspire future generations with what past generations have experienced. No matter who wins this new space race, at least we get to see some new technology come out of it.
(Via Vanity Fair)
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