More people have now signed up for suborbital flights aboard Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo than have ever been in space.
To date, 528 people have travelled in space. But over 529 soon to be astronauts have put down deposits to travel 68 miles above the Earth’s surface. There are reports that celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks and Katy Perry have signed up.
Branson’s tickets to space cost $200K, but he is by no means the only player. Excalibur Almaz plans to take people on six month long journeys around the moon for the price of $155 million. In March, the FAA predicted that private space travel will become a billon-dollar industry within the next decade.
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