Editor’s note: private funding for space travel escalates as billionaires look to escape the Earth when they’re done trashing the place
by Steve LeVine Axios Jan 1, 2019
A few years ago, a Silicon Valley billionaire decried he and his friends dreamed of flying cars, and instead got 140 characters. He was wrong: They, along with entrepreneurs and governments around the world, got much more — a space race on steroids.
The big picture: From Dubai to the U.S., Tokyo to Moscow, Tel Aviv to Beijing and more, billionaires, privateers and political leaders are vying to land on the Moon, colonize Mars, mine asteroids — and just get off the Earth. “Whatever we have evolved into hundreds and thousands of years from now, we’ll look at these decades as when the human race moved off the planet,” said Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X-Prize Foundation.
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