God and Rockets: The Who? What? and Why? of the Space Revolution - Rick Tumlinson

By the end of this year space, travelers will board the first commercial rocketships and fly into orbit. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Paul Allen of Microsoft, and others are stepping up to fly us into space. Elon Musk has said he will be putting humans on Mars by 2026. New entrepreneurial companies are also on the scene, with goals ranging from lunar landings to asteroid mining. The U.S., European and Chinese governments are planning lunar outposts. Conversely, some say the private sector cannot succeed in space, while others question the need for human space exploration at all. So what do billionaire-build rockets, millionaire space tourists and crazy schemes to strike it rich in space have to do with the future of the human race and the life of Earth? Why are they happening now? How did this all begin? What does any of it have to do with a spiritual quest to explore the Universe and find the meaning of life? Why is this possibly the most important human activity of all time? Why is it worth fighting for? And why is it important to you?