Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and other billionaires aspiring to be space leaders are now being questioned by various space experts. They are currently asking if these CEOs can make humane decisions once people are traveling outside the planet.
Recently, Jeff Bezos was sent outside of the Earth's atmosphere by Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft. Aside from Amazon's CEO, Richar Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, one of the rising space travel companies in the industry, also traveled to the edge of space.
Although their achievements are considered milestones when it comes to entering commercial space tourism, various critics and other space experts claim that Bezos, Branson, and other business leaders should be allowed to lead space travels.
"They may not make the wisest or most ethical decisions for all of us," said one of the space historians at the University of Chicago, Jordan Bimm, via Business Insider's latest report.
Elon Musk and Other Billionaires Can't Lead Space Tourism?
Bimm explained that Tesla's CEO and Amazon's founder only see space tourism as the first step to private space settlement.
"Bezos envisions millions of humans living off-world in verdant cylindrical space stations. Musk, on the other hand, is fixated on Mars and establishing a million-person city there," added the space critic.
However, he claimed that the preferred leading approaches of these billionaires are risky, especially for normal residents. The space experts asked them if they could make humane political orders and off-world decisions once Earth's residents lived on other planets.
As of the moment, the CEOs of SpaceX, Virgin, Galactic, and Blue Origin, still haven't released any statement regarding his claims.
On the other hand, space settlement could also affect various international agencies, especially NASA. He claimed that NASA would shift into more of basic space science and advisory role once people are regularly in space.
Possible Effects of Space Tourism
Space.Com provided some of the possible negative effects of space tourism. These include massive space pollution, over-usage of natural resources, and other issues that could further affect Earth.
Aside from this, Chemical Sciences Laboratory's Senior Scientist Karen Rosenlof also claimed that there's little chance that space tourism would be successful, especially since too little is known about outer space.
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Written by: Griffin Davis