Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, justified the so-called "space race" between some of the world's wealthiest men on Monday, claiming that space "represents hope for so many people".
The remarks come just one day after Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson became the first person to launch his own spaceship into orbit. He narrowly defeated Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest person, by nine days.
"Those who attack space maybe don't realize that space represents hope for so many people," Musk tweeted.
those who attack space— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2021
maybe don’t realize that
space represents hope
for so many people
Branson was scheduled to embark on the second of three Virgin Galactic test flights later this year before flying ticket holders next year. On Sunday, though, he jumped ahead of his competitors, reaching a height of 53.5 miles above the New Mexico desert with five crew members.
Bezos will follow Branson's lead and fly into space with his brother, Mark, a $28 million auction winner, and Wally Funk, one of the last surviving members of the Mercury 13, who has been picked as his "honored guest".
Musk's Plan Of Bringing People to Mars A Little Different
Although the three billionaires have identical objectives, Musk's strategy is a little different.
SpaceX, which currently launches personnel to the International Space Station for NASA and builds moon and Mars ships, aims to carry passengers into orbit above the Earth for days, with tickets costing millions of dollars. The first private flight for the company is scheduled for September.
Even though the three men are rivals, they have openly backed each other in recent weeks.
Branson, who has stressed that this isn't a space race, tweeted a photo of Musk visiting him before his big launch on Sunday morning.
Big day ahead. Great to start the morning with a friend. Feeling good, feeling excited, feeling ready.— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 11, 2021
Watch #Unity22 launch and livestream TODAY at 7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET | 3:30 pm BST.@virgingalactic @elonmusk https://t.co/1313b4RAKI pic.twitter.com/FRQqrQEbH8
Bezos also expressed his gratitude to Branson on social media.
Netizens Ridicule Musk's Plans
By ridiculing or mimicking Musk's structure for his beliefs on how space signifies hope, some others made fun of the SpaceX CEO.
However, as many critics of the billionaire space race claim, this is not the case. Daily Dot said there is a notion that people should spend money on aiding a country's residents rather than sending people into space has been around for decades. For example, not everyone supported the Apollo 11 moon trip.
No one’s attacking space. We’re attacking the fact that billionaires are exploiting workers, avoiding taxes, & getting Govt handouts while 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck & 60M Americans are food insecure.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) July 13, 2021
You aren’t the victim here bud. https://t.co/mqGP0u340t
However, the criticism leveled at Musk and the other billionaires bidding for a space mission is far worse. People claim that these billionaires could be doing so much with their money that they could not even begin to spend it.
Still, instead of helping people, a netizen pointed out in a Tweet the billionaires are stroking their egos by starting a billionaire space race and then getting angry when they were called out on it.
Perhaps billionaires— Laura Brehm (@laurakbrehm) July 13, 2021
Could solve problems on earth
Rather than race to space
For their egos https://t.co/SmtIc2q7VQ
Another one commented on Twitter that other people would simply like billionaires to pay their taxes and fix Earth's problems.
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