Space Tourism

Dec 08, 2009, 09:22 AM IST
Sir Richard Branson attends a news conference before the public unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.
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Sir Richard Branson attends a news conference before the public unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson smashes champagne bottles during the christening ceremony of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to take astronauts and a limited number of wealthy people into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is funded by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan.
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, right, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson smashes champagne bottles during the christening ceremony of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to take astronauts and a limited number of wealthy people into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is funded by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan.

Sir Richard Branson poses with SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, during the unveiling in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.
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Sir Richard Branson poses with SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, during the unveiling in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.

SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.
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SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and Sir Richard Branson pose for photos with a replica of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and Sir Richard Branson pose for photos with a replica of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.

Sir Richard Branson, right, and Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipTwo, attend a news conference held before the public unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.
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Sir Richard Branson, right, and Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipTwo, attend a news conference held before the public unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.

SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to take astronauts and a handful of wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is funded by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan.
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SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to take astronauts and a handful of wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is funded by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan.

SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.
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SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.

SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to take a limited number wealthy people and astronauts into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is funded by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan.
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SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to take a limited number wealthy people and astronauts into space as early as 2011, is unveiled in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is funded by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan.

Sir Richard Branson speaks during a news conference before the unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.
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Sir Richard Branson speaks during a news conference before the unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, a spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011, in Mojave, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The company plans to sell suborbital space rides for $200,000 a ticket, offering passengers 2½-hour flights that include about five minutes of weightlessness.