Monday, December 19, 2005

Hollywood A-List Funding Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic is promising sub-orbital trips to space beginning in 2008 for $200,000 a ticket. More than 150 have already paid the full price in advance, and who these future space tourists are might surprise you.
Victoria Principal is apparently a space fanatic, and will be among the 100 "founders" on the very first Virgin Galactic flights.
Morgan Freeman also paid the $216,000 (tax included) fare to be one of the first. Sigourney Weaver. William Shatner. Even Paris Hilton, though there's already an abundant vacuum in space....
It's no secret America's uber-rich are driving the recent development of numerous space tourism outfits. It remains to be seen if this will lead to more advanced space transport systems, an orbiting Denny's or little more than another ultra-exclusive retreat for the rich.

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