Private space race began 17 years ago in the Mojave Desert

Two billionaires are putting everything on the line this month to ride their own rockets into space. It’s intended to be a flashy confidence boost for customers seeking their own short joyrides. The current private space race between Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and the world’s richest man, Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos, is not the first time eccentric millionaires and billionaires have put their money into space travel.