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    Is the Emerging Space Tourism Industry Just a Billionaire Vanity Trip?


    Vanity and ego certainly play some role in the Billionaire Space Race as does the exponentially widening gap between the “haves” and “have nots” and the rigged playing field that is accelerating that gap. That said, the recent flight of Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic and the upcoming flight of Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin are complex and nuanced situations that have far-reaching implications and shouldn’t be reduced to a 2-dimensional good vs. bad dichotomy. I invite everyone to share your comments below on the implications of an emerging space tourism industry. I will share why I believe that much good will come from efforts like this and why in spite of the valid objections these efforts still represent the possibility of great advancement and could help us overcome some of the challenges and problems we face here at ground level.