Elon Musk's Tesla roadster was launched from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named Starman. Falcon Heavy is the world's most powerful operational rocket.
Three Billionaires Are Racing to Space. Who Will Win?
Elon Musk is eyeing Mars, Jeff Bezos aims for the moon, Richard Branson is all about space tourism. Some say they should save Earth first.
They’re all ridiculously rich, they’re all men, and now they all have their sights set on the stars. Elon Musk wants to fly to Mars. Jeff Bezos, of Amazon, dreams of putting a colony on the moon. And Richard Branson wants to offer luxury space tourism under the Virgin banner.
What motivates these men? And shouldn’t they be spending their billions to make this planet a better place? Speaking from his home in Washington, D.C., Christian Davenport, author of The Space Barons, reveals the intense competition that animates these billionaires; discusses their different visions for exploring the cosmos; and explains why women are still so underrepresented in space.
They’re very different. Elon Musk is a marketing genius who gets a