Posted October 21, 2010 by BookingBuddy
If you ever harboured any childhood dreams to be an astronaut, but failed to qualify for NASA, then it may be time you started saving your pennies. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has just gone one step closer to making space tourism a reality.
Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spacecraft Enterprise reached a significant milestone yesterday, as it was announced that the Enterprise had successfully completed its first manned flight. The spacecraft was released from its WhiteKnightTwo mothership 14 kilometres above the Mojave Desert, and was piloted by Pete Siebold.
‘Now the sky is no longer the limit, and we will begin the process of pushing beyond the final frontier of space itself over the next year’ Branson was quoted as saying after the successful test. And with 370 customers already signed up, it’s no wonder Branson is eager to push ahead with Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight programme. Tickets for the space adventure certainly don’t come cheap, at US$200 000 a pop, with a deposit of at least US$20 000 required to help secure your seat. Perhaps it’s time to start looking under the sofa for spare change?
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