Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Yep -- probably by a private business funded by a multinational corporation. The large ones interested in minerals, diamonds, precious metals, exploration of unknown usable resources, etc etc are salivating about space exploration and the money that their efforts will yield them. It is of an unknown quantity because there are unknown unknowns when it comes to what we'll encounter in space and how globally exploited it can become.