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U.S. firm sees 'exciting' moment as space tourism booms

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How does one reconcile concern for carbon footprints with a totally unnecessary trip to space? The working people need to ride bicycles and put on sweaters in chilly homes, but the billionaires can have space holidays?

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Obviously, the billionaires are hypocrites.

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This stuff and everyone involved in it really just disgusts me. The rest of humanity is being destroyed by this pandemic, climate change, political division and god only knows what else we’ve got coming down the pipeline at us.

Meanwhile the billionaires are spending all that money they saved by not paying taxes like the rest of us on finding frivolous new ways to pamper themselves in ways that - of course - make some of those same problems worse for the non-billionaires among us.

Absolute sleazebags.

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How does one reconcile concern for carbon footprints with a totally unnecessary trip to space? The working people need to ride bicycles and put on sweaters in chilly homes, but the billionaires can have space holidays?

That logic was not very different when air travel started...hopefully in a decade or two space travel would be available to the masses.

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I don't know why so many people have to sass off and slag these new civilian space tourists. This is progress. Another step toward the day we all can travel space on a regular basis like Han Solo. It all has to start somewhere. Everything does. Automobiles, jet flights, television started out expensive but got cheaper as the market increased. And on top of that, the rockets are reusable and they land back at the launchpad all by themselves. Advances in AI and guidance technology there. And nothing gets wasted or destroyed.

When I was stationed at a Navy base in Florida I saw two shuttle launches. The booster rockets fell off and were retrieved by Navy vessels. As for the huge fuel tank, forget it. It got burnt up in the atmosphere and you needed to build another for the next flight. And before that we had those Saturn V rockets, stages seperating and turning into space junk in orbit.

Not anymore. We have the ISS and some robot probes get launched from space as well (that first occurred when the Galileo probe to Jupiter was launched from a small rocket on a space shuttle in late 1989).

We are advancing, exploring. Our droid missions have found evidence of water on the Moon and other worlds for future colonization. What happened last week is another step. As for William Shatner/Captain Kirk going to space, why not? He fulfilled a dream, we all have that right. Maybe someday some of us will get to do it too.

And the so-called 'Space Force' military branch? What a joke. Don't believe it. That's an egotistical exercise straight out of '1984'. Defense against aliens, God? You know that Antichrist ursurper Traitortrump can't be relied on to be truthful, don't ya?

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 This is progress.

No it isn't. Its billionaires using their wealth to build play things for themselves while society crumbles.

Another step toward the day we all can travel space on a regular basis like Han Solo. 

No it isn't. There is no pathway towards this ever being something normal people can ever hope to do. It is not like airplanes. Even with re-usable rockets there is only so far they can reduce the cost of launching these things given the extreme energy requirements to get things into orbit.

These will always be billionaire playthings and nothing else.

We are advancing, exploring. 

Yes, but this isn't an example of that. Sending probes to asteroids to collect material from the formation of the solar system is an example of that. The David Webb Space Telescope is an example of that. I'm 100% in favor of supporting that. I love learning about new discoveries being made through such endeavours, they are expanding our knowledge of the universe in which we live by leaps and bounds. Its truly amazing what they are doing.

But these low Earth orbit joyrides for billionaires are not that.

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