Liftoff: How SpaceX Could Save NASA. Eric Berger

Elon Musk is an entrepreneur and out-of-this-world thinker, who has shaken up two vital industries that were dominated by giant multinational corporations with companies that began life as startups. Tesla's breakthrough with electric cars is well-known, but many of Musk's most stunning innovations have come with SpaceX, which pioneered reusable rockets— slashing the cost of space launches— flew astronauts into space, and landed rockets on boats. 

Next is the development of Starship. Musk also wants to send hundreds if not thousands of humans to Mars. 

Our guest, Eric Berger, is a senior editor at space and technology news website, Ars Technica, and author of the new book, "Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days that Launched Space X." He takes us on a fascinating journey, as we look at the remarkable changes in the space race, and what may be coming in the next few years.

"This is the most exciting time to write and think about space in my lifetime," Eric tells us on "How Do We Fix It?" "There is so much activity at NASA as well as in the private sector, as well as internationally with China, Europe, Russia, and Japan. All are doing pretty interesting things in space, and in the United States, the commercial sector has been extraordinarily active.

Recommendation: Jim watched "My Octopus Teacher" on Netflix. Filmmaker Craig Foster forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.


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