The race to space is happening right now.
2021 has certainly brought us closer to the possibility of space travel.
Jeff Bezos, the Founder and Chairman of Amazon, recently took to space and back in 11 minutes and a week before that British entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson shot to the edge of space in a vehicle made by his own company, Virgin Galactic.
Space travel, let's talk about it.
Joining me is Jim Green, Chief scientist from NASA
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin both made successful suborbital trips to the space and back, both within the past two weeks. How significant are these events for the space industry?
What have been the technical and scientific challenges of making this possible until now?
How does this set the path for the future of space travel? What are the prospects of space tourism?
How has NASA been supporting or collaborating with these commercial spaceflight companies in their space ventures?
What are the differences between the two commercial spaceships, New Shepard of Blue Origin and VSS Unity of Virgin Galactic, other than that one is autonomous and the other is crewed? With Elon Musk's SpaceX to join the rivalry, how will these three spaceflight companies compete and differ?
When do you expect commercial spaceflight to be made available to the mass public?
Why is it that the crews in both flights could enjoy only 3 minutes of weightlessness and very short travel time in general? How long will it take for passengers in these commercial flights to enjoy longer overall travel time and duration of weightlessness?
Jim Green, chief scientist at NASA for us tonight. Thank you.