Billionaire space race - back story of tussle between Musk, Branson and Bezos Success on Earth is plainly not enough for three of the world's richest men as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson made their first forays into space this week as they look to fly tourists there soon The Billionaire ‘Space Race’ Has Nothing to Do With SpaceBillionaires funding suborbital flights aren't building a future for humanity off Earth, so much as seeking capital to build a private space tourism industry that will profit off of Earth. 3 ways to get your space fix if you’re not quite a billionaireNot everyone has the pockets of Bezos or Branson for space travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the final frontier, says Prudence Wade. Launch of a new era or flights of fancy? Branson, Bezos ventures may open space travel to allRichard Branson and Jeff Bezos have brought renewed attention to space travel with their journeys, but their ventures have also drawn criticism. The space tourism industry is stuck in its billionaire phaseLaunching billionaires to space is just the beginning How the billionaire space race could be one giant leap for pollutionOne rocket launch produces up to 300 tons of carbon dioxide into the upper atmosphere where it can remain for years Billionaires and their spaceships: What next for space tourism?Richard Branson beat rival Jeff Bezos into space by at least 9 days, marking the start of a new era in space tourism. Virgin Galactic: Richard Branson's long, winding path to spaceThe BBC tracks the long, winding road to Sir Richard Branson's flight to the edge of space.