Elon Musk slams people who attack space as he falls behind in billionaire race

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Elon Musk hit out at people who "attack space" as he falls behind in the billionaire space race.

The SpaceX boss is a huge proponent of travelling beyond Earth and has even talked about going to Mars and setting up a colony there.

He tweeted: "Those who attack space maybe don't realize that space represents hope for so many people."

Musk has long held an ambition for heading to outer space.

On Sunday fellow billionaire rival Sir Richard Branson headed to the edge of space in his Virgin Galactic rocket in what has been dubbed the first-ever commercial space flight.

Next Tuesday Musk's rival, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will be shooting off into orbit in Blue Origin's New Shepard.

Musk's tweet was interpreted as a defence of the space race between some of the world's richest people, who are pumping hundreds of millions of pounds to realise their ambitions.

The Tesla boss was pictured meeting Sir Richard before the British billionaire blasted off 50 miles above the Earth.

A tweet posted by the Virgin Galactic founder said: "Big day ahead. Great to start the morning with a friend. Feeling good, feeling excited, feeling ready."

Bezos also had some kind words for his British rival, tweeting: "@richardbranson and crew, congratulations on the flight. Can't wait to join the club!"

It has been reported that Musk will be heading to space on a Virgin Galactic rocket after purchasing a seat onboard. Seats have been selling for $250,000 (£180,000) each.

The tech billionaire has often talked about his space ambitions. He has said he wants to land humans on Mars as early as 2026 while he hopes to set up a colony on the red planet by 2050.

Musk admitted it would be a dangerous mission taking people to Mars, adding: "It's uncomfortable. It's a long journey.

"You might not come back alive. We won't make anyone go. Volunteers only."

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