May 28, 2021 8 min read

SPACE: The final frontier?

SPACE: The final frontier?

Wiser! #16 (Premium): The Space Race used to be between two most powerful nations. Now the superpowers are the two richest men in the world, plus Sir Richard Branson.

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How the 2 richest men in the world replaced the 2 largest superpowers in the Space Race (plus Richard Branson)

Sixty years after the race between the world's 2 largest superpowers, the new space race is between the world's 2 richest men.

In the 1960's, it was the USA v Soviet Union in a winner takes all race to put the first person on the Moon. In the 21st century, it's tech billionaires playing with their space ships on a mission to save humanity.

For Tesla owning Elon Musk, his vision is to establish self-sustaining colonies on Mars. Musk sees it as "life insurance for life as a whole", in the event that something disastrous happens to planet Earth, such as climate change or Artificial Intelligence getting out of control.

For Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, he wants to build gigantic floating colonies in space that one day will be home to "trillions of us". Worried about the future of planet Earth, Bezos believes we have a better chance of preserving it by taking resources from other planets.

"Look at those cavemen go, it's the freakiest show"

Lyrics from the best song of the 1970's, David Bowie's Life on Mars asks the question whether there is any life beyond what we see.

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