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FEATURING PETER WARD – Under President Donald Trump, the militarization of outer space has made a big jump with the recent formal creation of Space Force – an idea that started out as almost a joke during a Trump speech. Now, with bipartisan support the US military has a foothold in space. But beyond militarization, the realm of outer space has long been sought by commercial interests. Some of the world’s richest men such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have been openly eyeing expansion into space. Now, a new book critiques our rush to commercial the skies above us.

Peter Ward, journalist whose work has appeared in GQ, Bloomberg, The Economist, and Newsweek. His new book is The Consequential Frontier: Challenging the Privatization of Space. SP

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