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Tech 2021: The Race to Privatize Outer Space

In 2020, Elon Musk's SpaceX was the first commercial company to launch a crewed rocket from U.S. soil to the International Space Station. The firm would go on to launch more missions, ushering a new age in space flight. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin followed suit, though those were merely short moments in Earth's orbit. Look back at all the space drama, plus how these efforts rekindled humanity's interest in the stars.

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    A Year For Commercialized Billionaire Space Travel

    Are Billionaires Ruining Space Travel?
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    Are Billionaires Ruining Space Travel?

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    Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos ushered in a new era of space exploration in 2021 thanks to their successful crewed missions. But their efforts have also been mocked by those who say the billionaires' money would be better spent addressing issues on Earth, including climate change. Others are concerned about the environmental damage caused by the rise in space tourism. But at least for Bezos, he says his trip made him more recommitted to solving climate change.

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