There’s a huge discrepancy when it comes to governments and private companies putting forth space ventures. While government entities like NASA seem to pursue the exploration of the universe purely for the sake of a greater understanding of nature, companies and a select few individuals have decidedly less altruistic goals concerning space—really they’re just looking for ways to make money. Here are some of the crazy ideas they came up with to line their pockets.
10. Space-Based Reality Shows
With reality TV shows based on everything from farmers’ love lives to a family of duck hunters, you can bet your bottom dollar that networks have been eagerly awaiting the chance to do something in space. So far, the two best known shots at a reality TV show in space are Mars One and Space Race.
Mars One is the insanely ambitious project to place human settlers on Mars. The show would follow the astronaut candidates throughout their entire journey from training to touchdown on Mars. Although there were a lot of sponsors associated with the project, some problems arose with the production company and the show has since fallen apart.
NBC’s Space Race has the much more realistic premise of following contestants as they compete for a ticket aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo commercial space shuttle. However, NBC is now reassessing its plans for the show after SpaceShipTwo crashed in 2014 resulting in the death of one of the two pilots.