Despite the numerous opinions on two of America’s finest billionaires shooting themselves to space this past month, it’s an incredible feat and an important step for commercial space flight and tourism.
A few people actually think about the space economy but in the next few decades, it will be a booming industry with multiple venues, including tourism (with ticket prices dropping significantly so don’t worry about having to spend millions on it).
Looking beyond the ego-driven competition of who will do it first, it is interesting to observe the very different approach Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos took with their space flights, the former taking around an hour and the latter only around 10 minutes.
Their responses were quite different - while Branson spoke about achieving his dreams Bezos decided to point out that Amazon’s employees paid for his trip. I guess it was an attempt in expressing gratitude?
For those of us who haven’t (yet) been to space, here’s a quote by the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield:
“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.”