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The Billionaires Are Going To Space

SpaceShipTwo in a captive flight configuration underneath White Knight Two, during the runway dedication of Spaceport America in October 2010. VMS Eve is shown carrying VSS Enterprise.
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SpaceShipTwo in a captive flight configuration underneath White Knight Two, during the runway dedication of Spaceport America in October 2010. VMS Eve is shown carrying VSS Enterprise.

This week, British billionaire Richard Branson launched himself into space on his company’s spacecraft. The Virgin Atlantic founder beat out fellow billionaire, Jeff Bezos, who is scheduled to travel to space on July 20, 2021 in his company’s spacecraft.

This hour, we take a look at the billionaire space race, and the era of space tourism for the ultra-wealthy. With powerful private interests taking a prominent role in space exploration, what does this mean for the rest of us?

GUESTS:

  • Marina Koren - Staff writer at the Atlantic
  • Lisa Ruth Rand - Assistant Professor of History at Caltech

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Carmen Baskauf is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of WNPR's popular talk show, Where We Live.
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