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Space Travel 101

Just when you thought Sir Richard Branson had his finger in every entrepreneurial pie out there, he launched yet another revolutionary endeavour to add to the monumental Virgin franchise. Late last year Virgin Galactic (a division of Virgin Atlantic Airways)'s Space Plan was born, adding to the ever-booming Virgin brand.

Apparently this spark of genius first came about when billionaire Branson watched the moon landings many years ago. This groundbreaking development in space travel will allow paying passengers the once in a lifetime opportunity to jet off into space on a two-hour flight.

But be aware that this escapade will set you back around £100,000. This is the going rate to see our planet from a bird's eye view and to experience zero gravity for a total of 4.5 minutes before returning to terra firma.

300 people have reportedly already signed up to book their place in the queue for the SS2's take-off. The space plane is set to have a crew of two and room for only six passengers, making the competition to get a space on board stiff to say the least.

Bookings can be made on the website for Virgin Galactic if you're interested in dropping a decent amount of cold, hard cash. If Branson has anything to do with it, come 2012 space travel may be just another form of transport for the ordinary man.

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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Clayton is a comfortable traveller, having grown up in a small city that was far away from everything. He spent lots of time in the car as a child, driving up and down the coast of South Africa on surfing trips with his family. After studying abroad in the United States and spending a year working in London, he moved to Cape Town, where he completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. He now works as a freelance writer for various travel, surfing and action sports publications.