The summer of 2019 saw the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when humans first walked on the surface of the Moon. Engineering and technology surged ahead, thanks to a two horse race between USA and the Soviet Union, where the latter seemingly had the lead in every area. That battle was fueled by suspicion, fear, and a drive to be ‘better’ than the other country. But like all sprints for the finish line, the pace couldn’t last and the urgency soon passed. But now there is a new race — not of countries, but one fought by companies. Capitalism, growth, and business opportunities are the new fuels, and the goals are even bigger: not just back to the Moon, but on to Mars and beyond. What exactly is a ‘space race’ though? In this day and age, rocket launches, carrying satellites into space, take place nearly 200 times every year and multiple spacecraft operate on or around other planets in our solar system. So the notion of having a race in or to space might seem rather odd, but if we go back 60 years into the past, the situation was very different. In this day and age, rocket launches, carrying satellites into space, take place nearly 2...