The following is an excerpt from the Associated Press | July 11, 2012 | Foxnews.com |
FARNBOROUGH, England – The first space flight of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture will be a family affair: The billionaire adventurer says he will be joined by his adult children.
The British tycoon behind the Virgin business empire that spans cable television, airlines and space tourism revealed that the three will make a 60-mile (100-kilometer) journey on the SpaceshipTwo (SS2) next year — along with 120 other tourists who have signed on to take the $200,000 two-hour trip where only a select few have gone before.
“Next year Holly and Sam will be joining me for a first voyage into space,” the thrill-seeker told a packed conference Wednesday on the third day of the Farnborough Airshow south of London. “Going into space is a hard business. It keeps my mind buzzing.”
Virgin says 529 have paid for the right to go to space — one more than the total number of space travelers since Russia’s Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961.
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