While the original Space Race was between two sovereign nations, the second one that began in the early 21st century is between several private multinational corporations along with many nation states including China, India, and Japan. Today the conversation is more centered on economic opportunities—the chance to create unique products in microgravity or to mine rare elements from the Moon or nearby asteroids. What remains the same, though, is national prestige.
0:19 The First Space Race
2:38 SpaceX 4:50 Artemis
8:07 Virgin Galactic
10:00 Blue Origin
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