Source: CBS News
quote: Possibly in the next year, Virgin Galactic will lead the shift into commercial spaceflight, taking anyone who can pay $200,000 on a two-hour trip beyond Earth."It's going to be absolutely incredible because finally people...ordinary people will be able to have a chance to become astronauts, go into space," said Branson.
quote: There's roughly speaking 300M people living in the US right now. Amassing $200k each is...ahem...only about $60 trillion.
quote: ...ordinary people will be able to have a chance to become astronauts...
quote: "In my lifetime, I'm determined to being apart of starting a population on Mars," said Branson. "I think it is absolutely realistic. It will happen."
quote: Do I prioritize it above, oh I don't know, solving some problems on OUR planet? No.
quote: Google Apophis and then tell me if we shouldn't be OVERLY ambitious, quitter.
quote: He's not talking about making the trip, landing some humans, and coming back. He's talking the permanent colonization of Mars. Do you have any idea what that entails?
quote: Seed the route with unmanned cargo drones
quote: At it's closest, mars is what, 7 months away for current spacecraft?
quote: At it's closest, mars is what, 7 months away for current spacecraft? Seed the route with unmanned cargo drones...
quote: No...I the only insurmountable problem I see right now is political will -- we're led by a government that has no problem throwing trillions away on a bunch of people that don't even want us around, while limiting NASA spending to mere tens of billions.