The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Space Tourism:
Whimsies of the Rich

Jul 19, 2021

Translated from Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group active in France.

British billionaire Richard Branson, boss of Virgin, has managed to climb 55 miles into space, stealing the show from Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who was scheduled to take off on July 20.

Bezos retorted that he really will enter space, crossing the fateful 62-mile line, and picking up any space tourist willing to shell out 28 million dollars for three minutes of weightlessness. Branson only asks 230,000 dollars of future space tourists—his operation is low-cost!

SpaceX boss Elon Musk couldn’t help but brag that he’s got the biggest rocket and that he will send millionaires into orbit at the end of the year.

So now, with space flight as with many other scientific conquests: in the hands of a few scoundrels, space flight becomes a ridiculous toy for millionaires, next to their yachts, their thoroughbreds, and their racing cars.