Good news: NASA’s getting back into the shootin’-people-into-space business. Not-so-unambiguously-good news: It’s now literally a business.
NASA will announce today that they’re partnering with private corporations to send astronauts to the International Space Station, according to CNN. From an astronaut’s perspective, this is great: They’ve largely been benched since 2011, when NASA ended the space shuttle program over price concerns and shifting priorities. From a hippie’s perspective, capitalism is extending its poison tendrils beyond our planet, the human spirit now has a price tag, and wonder is dead. From a hippie astronaut’s perspective, whoa, comets, dude.
NASA will likely partner with either Boeing or SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, maker of the Tesla electric car. I think we should go with SpaceX so the space shuttles will be more eco-friendly.