They aimed high and got higher.
They aimed high and got higher.
This week for BuzzReads, Joshua Wheeler heads to the tiny town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to investigate the future of space tourism. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
One of the poorest states in the nation has invested nearly a quarter of a billion dollars and 10 years in creating a hub for Richard Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic. Some see it as the crown jewel of a new space age while others call it a carnival for the 1 percent — but with persistent delays and mounting financial strain, Spaceport America is just trying to avoid becoming New Mexico’s costliest, most futuristic ghost town.
ABANDON ALL HOPE.
“We’re having a rocket in space later on this year; if you get a rocket in space, gaming is a simpler problem.”
Bitcoins! In space!
“When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you.”
When you’re a business mogul who owns Virgin Atlantic, life is ridiculously fun.
Tiger Woods, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, or Donald Trump? Look at the facts.
After losing a bet to AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandez, Sir Richard Branson boarded a flght today dressed as one of his female flight attendants and it wasn’t a pretty sight. You’ll see what I mean. Branson and Fernandes bet in 2010 that their respective Formula One racing teams would out perform the other.
First rocket-powered flight of Sir Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo reaches a huge milestone for commercial space travel.
He suggests politicians “change laws to force a situation to where there’s 50% women on boards.” It’s already the law in France — would it work in the U.S.?
What happens on Necker Island… more often than not results in considerable press attention. But some crazy stuff has gone down there.
Not entirely the party’s message of the week.
HELL TO THE NO.
“Success Kid” sticks it to Richard Branson.
Richard Branson announced today that Ashton Kutcher will be the Virgin Galatic’s 500th passenger. Kelso in space!
First Gwyneth Paltrow is a 9/11 hero, then Ryan Gosling is the Henry Clay of Astor Place art disputes, and now Kate Winslet goes all Backdraft to save insane billionaire, Richard Branson’s mother. Is there a real life Justice League in the works? Is that what’s happening? (via popwatch.ew.com) View Image ›
A blue-ribbon commission on international drug policy, including former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and billionaire Richard Branson, says that the “War on Drugs” has been lost. The prestigious panel recommends decriminalizing marijuana and shifting enforcement emphasis to treatment rather than incarceration. View List ›
Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson has revealed Spaceship Two to the public for the first time since construction began in 2007. View Image ›
All of Virgin’s remaining U.S. Megastores will shutdown and liquidate this summer. Read More ›
Virgin CEO Richard Branson conducts a wedding on a mid-flight airplane to outer space. Read More ›
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic unveil their new spacecraft. Read More ›