Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Bloomberg Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Bloomberg
Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Bloomberg
Jake Van Der Kamp
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Jake's View by Jake Van Der Kamp

Forget about flag-waving from Mars, colonies on the moon are the future

The technology is available to build true communities, and money would better spent on that rather than on a race to be the first to colonise a new planet

Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Bloomberg Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Bloomberg
Elon Musk, chief executive officer for Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), speaks during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo: Bloomberg
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Jake Van Der Kamp

Jake Van Der Kamp

Jake van der Kamp is a native of the Netherlands, a Canadian citizen, and a longtime Hong Kong resident. He started as a South China Morning Post business reporter in 1978, soon made a career change to investment analyst and returned to the newspaper in 1998 as a financial columnist.