Elon Musk hits back at people criticising billionaires for going to space

July 14, 2021 at 04:14PM
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It may not have escaped your notice that a lot of rich, white guys are very interested in going to space right now.

Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have all founded their own private space companies.

SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are all successfully delivering satellites and people into orbit. And their founders hope they can reap big benefits from the new privatised space race.

But it’s not without its critics. Musk has hit back at those who say their vast amounts of wealth should be spent elsewhere with a tweet.

In poem form, Musk tweeted that space represents hope for many people.

People didn’t wait long before wading in to mock him further.

At present, a ticket for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic flight that will take people up to the edge of space for four minutes would set someone back around £180,000.

Elon Musk has already bought himself one.

Elon Musk has bought a ticket on one of rival billionaire Sir Richard Branson's spaceship flights, according to a newspaper report.
Elon Musk has bought a ticket on one of rival billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s spaceship flights (Twitter/Virgin Galactic)

Musk has also come in for some particular heat in recent times because of his desire to make humans a multi-planetary species through colonising Mars.

In February, climate activist Greta Thunberg released a video targeting SpaceX’s plan to take humans to the Red Planet.

It says that money could be better spent on trying to save Earth from climate change.

The video takes the form of a mock tourism advert.

In it, Mars is portrayed as a promised land where there is no war, criminality, pandemics and pollution. The narrator says: ‘Mars offers the ultimate freedom. Freedom to pave a new path for humans. Freedom to create a new way of life. Freedom to forever change the course of humanity.’

But at the end of the video, text appears that reads: ‘And for the 99 percent of humans who will stay on Earth, we’d better fix climate change.’

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The video was put out by The Fridays for Future (FFF), a climate campaign started by Thunberg.

A spokesperson for the group said: ‘We wanted to highlight pure nonsense.’

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is quite wealthy and is also going to space (Credits: Blue Origin/MEGA)

And, just so you don’t forget, Jeff Bezos is planning to launch himself to space aboard a Blue Origin flight next week.

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