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Elon Musk’s SpaceX vs Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: Which Space Project Will Dominate the Cosmos?

The billionaire pet projects go head to head.

SpaceX Blue Origin Courtesy of SpaceX/Blue Origin

The space race, once a competition between rival countries, has become a battle of the billionaires. Among them are Mr. Tesla, Elon Musk, who seeks to colonize Mars with his SpaceX venture, and Mr. Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who charts a future with his rocket manufacturer, Blue Origin, where millions of humans are both living and working in space. Both are competing to develop the all-important lunar lander for NASA’s Artemis mission in 2024. So how do these two galactic egos stack up?

SpaceX

Blue Origin

OWNER’S NET WORTH

$69.1 billion

OWNER’S NET WORTH

$188 billion

HEADQUARTERED IN

Hawthorne, Calif.

HEADQUARTERED IN

Kent, Wash.

FOUNDING YEAR

2002

FOUNDING YEAR

2000

BACKERS

Google

google logo

Courtesy of Google

BACKERS

NASA

nasa logo

Courtesy of NASA

NEXT BIG THING

The Starship rocket, which will launch as
many as 100 people into space at a time.

 

NEXT BIG THING

Successfully launching a crewed mission.

INSPIRED BY

The Foundation book series by Isaac Asimov.

INSPIRED BY

The biopic October Sky.

SENT HUMANS TO SPACE?

Yes, two.

SENT HUMANS TO SPACE?

Nope.

MOST IMPRESSIVE MEMBER

Falcon 9, which is taller than the Leaning
Tower of Pisa (229.6 ft.).

leaning tower of pisa

MOST IMPRESSIVE MEMBER

New Glenn, which is a bit taller than the Statue of
Liberty (313 ft).

statue of liberty

CREWED SHIP

Crew Dragon

CREWED SHIP

New Shepard

ESTIMATED TICKET PRICE

$500,000 for a trip to Mars.

ESTIMATED TICKET PRICE

Between $200,000 and $300,000 for a suborbital cruise.

FRIENDLY RIVALRY

When Bezos tweeted a video of a “rare” reused rocket from Blue Origin, Musk was quick to point out that the SpaceX
Grasshopper had already completed six suborbital flights.

elon musk

FRIENDLY RIVALRY

After SpaceX launched a rocket into space and brought the booster back to Earth, Bezos tweeted,
“Welcome to the club!”

jeff bezos

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

12.1 million

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

235,000

COMIC-BOOK COMPARISON

Tony Stark

tony stark

Courtesy of Adobe Stock

COMIC-BOOK COMPARISON

Lex Luthor

lex luthor

Courtesy of Adobe Stock

SIR RICHARD BRANSON SAYS

“Elon is absolutely fixated on going to Mars.”

SIR RICHARD BRANSON SAYS

“We’re both neck and neck as to who will put people
into space first.”

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