Jeff Bezos, conqueror of retail sales on Earth, is venturing into space next month on the first manned voyage of his Blue Origin company. As you might expect, this generated all kinds of opinions, and below are one each from the yea and nay camps:
- Bravo: At Time, Jeffrey Kluger makes the case that Bezos deserves much praise for the move. Sure, it might be a publicity stunt, but the challenges and risks are real. "The physics can be brutal—you try pulling the g-forces astronauts endure—and the machines can and do blow up," he writes. Somebody must go first, so give Bezos credit for stepping up. "Flying fast is fun," writes Kluger. "Flying first is brave. The mission planned for July 20 may well be just a billionaire's indulgence. But if so, it's being flown by a billionaire showing more than a little integrity."