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Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

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"When the rocket stops, you will be in space, there will be complete silence, you will unbuckle, you will float around" — Richard Branson

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Getting There.

About Richard Branson's TEDTalk

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

About Richard Branson

Richard Branson's megabrand, Virgin, is home to more than 250 companies, from gyms, gambling houses and bridal boutiques, to fleets of planes, trains and limousines.

Now he's moving upward into space tourism: Virgin Galactic has successfully test-launched a spacecraft that can carry six passengers into space, for a zero-gravity pleasure-cruise at $250,000 a ticket. So far, the company says 700 people have signed up. Branson hopes the first passengers will take off sometime this year.

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Source: NPR [http://www.npr.org/2014/06/06/318555215/is-space-tourism-finally-about-to-take-off?ft=3&f=1003,1004,1007,1013,1014,1017,1019,1128]

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