They've been around a whole lot longer than you. ETA: The consolidation point for the information is irrelevant. While as noted the article did contain some trivial stuff, it also referenced specific plans for enterprises to exploit the potential for space travel/recreation and whatever other opportunities could be created. Specifically noted are Boeing, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin, and Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic. As noted, some of the projects have target dates as early as 2022. In that sense, it would behoove the US to get off their butt.