Creative? A colony on Mars?for now, a Mars colony is still in the realm of creative science fiction writers
That's not really creative anymore. Perhaps it was 100 years ago but not today.
36 billion...a drop in the bucket compared to the US military budget. The USG should just finance these guys, like the Queen of Spain did with Columbus.
Although I hope it isn't just a move towards some kind of corporate space oligarchy, which could be very dangerous for the rest of humanity on earth and poison the rest of space travel. Hopefully the people that live there can have independence and a government of their own.