Journalists and The Washington Post in The Switch Blog have been following the impacts of space travel on culture and business closely. NASA has been secretive in comparison to a new private sector of space technology. This pressure has lit a fire under the project goals of NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He has projected to put a human colony on Mars by the late 2020’s, and promised to make advances in space tourism.
Twitter plays an important part in the transparency of private technology giants like SpaceX. Elon Musk becomes your friend on Twitter. His public image is nothing like a NASA scientist.
Musk explains in a Tweet that a recent explosion was the “most difficult and complex failure [SpaceX]… had in 14 years.” He said a mysterious “bang” sound occurred seconds before the explosion according to The Washington Post’s article.
Space travel will become a household term, and journalists will work to bring information about private industry and government collaboration to the public. There will be a space race in the 21st century, and it will be to Mars.