the future of interplanetary travel is capitalist in nature... thoughts?
Damn, but that would be almost as bad as going to the New World hoping to find a cheaper route for the spice trade, wouldn't it?
Luckily for us that never happened, eh?
What/s that? Columbus was trying to find a way to the Far East when he conned Isabella out of her jewels to finance the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria??? Say it ain't so!
Seriously, who cares whether the first men on Mars are paid for by the government of private industry? As long as there ARE First Men on Mars, it's a win for humanity....