Space the Final Frontier

Can Ultra-Rich Virgin Galactic Ticketholders Stomach New Mexico Long Enough to Get to Space?

Excuse me but where is the nearest Ritz? (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s a whole mess of celebrities who’ve already signed up for $250,000 trips to outer space on Virgin Galactic, who’ll be embarking from “Spaceport America” in southern New Mexico. But first, the area is going to need more luxury hotels and fine dining establishments, because my God, a roadside motel? Not even for the chance to go to ACTUAL SPACE.

This analysis comes courtesy of the Las Cruces News, which reports on the proceedings of the recent International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. Apparently one of the speakers was former PayPal senior manager and current Virgin Galactic ticket holder Michael Blum. He’s pretty psyched about his upcoming trip: “I’m going to space,” he said. “Less than 600 people have been. It’s a big event.” Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Wanna Go to Space? Unless You’ve Got $250K, You Might Have to Try Winning This Reality Show

"Bitcoins in space you guys" - Richard Branson, probably (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’ve long dreamed of a TV show that combines America’s Next Top Model with space camp, you might finally be in luck. TV Guide says that producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) currently has multiple networks engaged in a bidding war for a reality show that would send the winner into space.

Stop imagining a version of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery where the most scheming person on the show is ejected from the Earth’s atmosphere and permanently abandoned. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Address Your Thank You Letters to Richard Branson Because He’s Sending Justin Bieber to Space

Stay up there. (Photo: Twitter.com)

Out of ideas on who he can alienate on planet earth, Justin Bieber has volunteered to be shot into space for a suborbital flight on Virgin Galactic. Ginger-in-chief Richard Branson excitedly tweeted the news Wednesday announcing his diabolical plans on how he’s angling to rid the planet of the autotuned manchild.

“Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!,” tweeted Mr. Branson, reminding us that the requirements of becoming an astronaut is alarmingly low.  Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Some Lucky Jerk Gets to Go to Space With Leonardo DiCaprio

Hey there, travel buddy! (Photo: Flickr, Craig Grobler)

Somebody check on the president of the Leonardo DiCaprio fan club, because we’ve got some bad news. E! reports that someone–it’s not clear who–has paid $1.5 million for a ticket to outer space sitting next to Mr. DiCaprio.

Can you imagine a better chance to finally make your move than a turbulent ride through the upper atmosphere, followed by at awe-inspiring gander at the curve of the Earth? Read More