And in other space travel news: Virgin Galactic has just released its final designs for the vehicle that will take ordinary customers like you and me quite literally beyond the stratosphere.
The company plans to launch scheduled space flights in 2010, and will carry 8 passengers at a time. Virgin says that more than 200 people have already booked their tickets, and an impressive 85,000 have expressed an interest in taking this leap into space. CEO Richard Branson unveiled the designs today in New York at the American Museum of Natural History.
This inarguably represents the biggest leap in aviation history since the Sputnik. Space travel isn’t the stuff of wild dreams anymore – it is now a very real possibility.
Check out the article on the BBC here.