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The Final Frontier . . . brought to you by Virgin Mobile

Posted at 12:14 PM on January 28, 2008 by Sanden Totten

I was up early this morning. I couldn't sleep so I decided to read about Space Travel.

It seems there have been quite a few stories in the news lately about "the final frontier." Most notably, good ol' Richard Branson and his public space ship, cleverly christened . . . um, SpaceShip . . . number 2. Seriously, "Spaceship?" That's the name they came up with?

You can take a virtual ride by watching this video (scroll to about 4 minutes in to see the good parts):

It should be ready for test flights sometime this year. And for a mere $200,000 you too can join the ranks of William Shatner and Dave Navarro, who are already looking forward to getting high the expensive way. The video doesn't show anything about an in-flight movie or meal . . . but I bet I know what drinks they'll be serving.

Comfortingly enough, the designer of the ship claimed it will be at least as safe as the airplanes of the 1920's . . . which wasn't exactly an era known for aviation safety.

That being said, plenty of people are willing to take the risk. What about you? Is the novelty of "space" worth the potential hazard of dying in a fiery crash? Do you think this will really spark a boom of "space tourism" like Branson hopes?

Oh, and while you're pondering the great beyond, you may want to take a peek over at the Red Planet. Recent photos released from the Mars rover have the blogosphere in a frenzy. Could it be . . . life on Mars? And is that life . . . Bigfoot?!

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