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The problem with Jeff Bezos and other billionaires going to space


Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos inspects a booster on the landing pad after a test flight. The billionaire successfully rode one of his New Shepard rockets to space Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Blue Origin and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, became the second billionaire to visit the edge of space and do microgravity somersaults, a week and a half after Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic spaceplane soared aloft from New Mexico. The journeys have made for a historic month in spaceflight, inspiring a fair amount of wonder and awe. 

But perhaps an even more common reaction is a hard eye roll accompanied by some comment about obscene wealth or egos, or worse.

After years of watching Bezos, Branson and SpaceX's Elon Musk expand their empires upward beyond the firm grip of gravity, I think such cynicism might be fair, but it lets the rest of us off the ...


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