Earth is yesterday’s news: Time to move on

If we can send one man to the moon, why can’t we send them all there. That familiar feminist wisecrack finds new meaning with the recent antics of three of the world’s richest men.

Wannabe extra-terrestrials Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have finally been and returned from space. But the measuring, comparing and taunting amongst them hasn’t stopped. Prior to launch it was all about getting it up and keeping it up as in rockets and whatever. “Can’t get it up (to orbit),” Musk taunt-tweeted Bezos. Post excursions, they brought out the ruler i.e., Who flew how high? Bezos won that round over Branson when his rocket crossed the Kármán line, the official boundary separating earth and space.

All three space frontiersmen hope to pivot at some point from space tourism to space colonization. They want to provide an alternative address to those wishing to escape life on earth when the time seems right. Spending their excess gazillion dollars on helping to heal the earth just doesn’t seem to create the same buzz for them.