There is something morally distasteful in the extreme about space tourism exclusively for the ultra-wealthy when so many people on Earth are in such great need. Going into space, in full view of the many billions of humans who are struggling on a daily basis, is a little like enjoying a pop-up Michelin star meal in front of a homeless shelter.
Ben Bramble sets out a problem that ought to be so obvious – that this space travel push is a wasteful, and even childish example of the rich boys club doing its thing – Bezos, Musk, Gates, Branson etc trying to outdo each other
But there is a more sinister side to space travel and space research – the national rivalries, started with Donald Trump’s plan for a Space Force – nuclear reactors, nuclear-powered rockets, and nuclear weapons in space. Those billionaires are all too well connected with NASA and this space military push. The thought of a nuclear war in space is horrendous. But what else could possibly go wrong?
The space tourism plans of Bezos, Musk and Branson are morally reprehensible, The Age, Ben Bramble, 5 July 21.
With billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson soon to send paying customers into space, members of US Congress…
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