Space exploration was cool when it was run by government for the sake of gathering knowledge through research and experimentation. Today space has been privatized. Elon Musk is going to place thousands of satellites into a near earth orbit in order to make billions for himself by providing internet access worldwide.

Why didn't government do this?

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and others are lobbying for a Mars colony, so that they can escape the poors who made them rich. Government will pay for most of the research and development, then the billionaires can take over.

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