I need some help, guys. I'm currently writing a story that revolves around a more modern "space race". For those who don't know, "space race" is a term that was coined during the Cold War. During this time, the US and the USSR were involved in a highly publicized "race" to see whom can send a manned spacecraft to the moon first. My trouble is, what's the incentive in participating in such a race? Hypothetically speaking, of course. What does the winner get? So far, the incentives of winning such a "space race", that I've made note of, are: Bragging rights, or increased fame (or notoriety) for the nation that wins. Early access to resources on other heavenly bodies. ...And that's about all I've thought of. The thing is, I strongly feel as though there are a WEALTH of benefits in regards to space travel research. I'm just in a brain fart. Thank you, in advance.