There have been 600 astronauts out of this world to date.
Sir Richard Branson has vowed to up the count sizeably in 2008 as he takes Virgin Galactic Mission Control to world headquarters in New Mexico.
“[In] September 24, 2004 Virgin Galactic signed a deal worth up to US $21 million with Mojave Aerospace Ventures to license the intellectual property behind the Tier One project for purposes of space tourism. ” Virgin Galactic Partnership, 2006.
“Construction of the spaceport, to be built largely underground in the south of the state near the White Sands Missile Range. …
“Virgin is the beginning and many other space companies will follow.”
—Rick Homans, New Mexico Economic Development Secretary
“38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 “founders” who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront.”–Virgin Galactic via Breitbart/AP
So far Sir Branson will be the first to open up a hotel in space. In 2008 that list will top Sir Branson’s futurist mountain of firsts:
a few heavies —
Virgin Cola Bottle (first cola bottle formed after Pamela Anderson)
Virgin Atlantic Flyer (first hot and heaviest air balloon to cross the Atlantic)
First Heavier than Air Glider (Yorkshire)
you know, I might just be a rolling stone in my thinking…
and would Paul Johnson, “Creators Versus Critics“, be smiling at Sir Branson?