In this opinion piece on The New York Times, Wilbur Ross argues that with a booming privately funded space industry, many are looking at the moon as a way station and fuel depot for to stock-up Mars-bound rockets. Now we just need to figure out how to get to Mars without going mad, which may be possible with stasis chambers currently being developed by NASA. It's too bad the EM Drive doesn't work after all.
Space tourism may only be a year away. Tickets for human flights into lower earth orbit have already sold for $250,000 each. Earth-based mining companies may soon face stiff competition from the mining of gold, silver, platinum and rare earths on asteroids and even other planets. A race is already developing to create the technology that will bring those crucial resources back to earth.
Competition is already fierce, with Russia and China challenging the United States for leadership, and about 70 other countries working their way into space. But today’s space race is different. It is driven by innovative companies that are finding new solutions to get to space faster, cheaper and more effectively.
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