The space race goes private

Tesla in space
A Tesla roadster, launched by SpaceX, heads toward Mars. Photo: SpaceX via Getty Images

NASA's new administrator Jim Bridenstine told the Washington Post that the administration is in talks with private companies to take over the International Space Station in 2025. “We’re in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station,” he said.

The bottom line: Corporations have accessed and used space alongside governments since the 1960s — but now companies are on the front lines of innovation.