The Case for Space Billionaires

Posted on AllSides November 20th, 2022
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Illustration: Joanna Andreasson; Source images: dpa Picture Alliance/Alamy, Nareshkumar Shaganti/Alamy, RichardBakerFarnborough/Alamy, NASA
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Statistically, Americans love space. Anecdotally, they hate it when billionaires go there. Majorities of all parties, genders, and geographies tell pollsters they support U.S. missions to the moon and Mars, and three-quarters say that the effort to land the first men on the moon was worth it. But last year, when the big three spacefaring billionaires—Virgin's Richard Branson, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, and Tesla's Elon Musk—managed successful manned missions in rapid succession, Twitter (and Congress) were bursting with rage.

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