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We mustn’t let the billionaire rocket men decide what happens in space

Right now, very few of us have a say in how humans get to space or what we do there. That has to change, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Space | Columnist 16 March 2022

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WHEN I was a kid, only a few governments could afford to send people into space. By and large, this continues to be true. Though much has been made of the billionaire space race, what often goes unsaid is that the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin relied on enormous investment from the US government, through NASA, to advance the experiments that would allow them to launch civilian astronauts.

Such public-private partnerships aren’t entirely new. Corporate actors have always played a role in US spacefaring efforts: military contractors like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have long had a …