It's not just Elon Musk that wants to go to Mars. Reportedly, it looks like "private spaceflight industry firms like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Vulcan Aerospace, Sierra Nevada, the Boeing/Lockheed-Martin partnership of United Launch Alliance (ULA) and others" want to go as well. And with questions on where to house Earth's growing population, Mars One seems to think that one way tickets are key. That's assuming space crews arrive with their intellect intact.
Technology and so much else has changed over the decades since those first footprints in the lunar dust that there’s now a good chance a NASA astronaut won’t be the first to walk out onto the next new world. The competition isn’t from some other country but from the robust private spaceflight industry — firms like SpaceX, Blue Origin, Vulcan Aerospace, Sierra Nevada, the Boeing/Lockheed-Martin partnership of United Launch Alliance (ULA) and others. These concerns are often led by billionaire tech businessmen or giant companies using today’s technologies to upset the balance of power in space exploration — and possibly even redirect humanity’s future.
Private, commercial spaceflight. Even lunar exploration, mining, and colonization – it’s suddenly all on the table, making the race for space today more vital than it has felt in years.
And you won’t believe what the next 10 years will bring.
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