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Elon Musk purchases Virgin Galactic ticket for trip to space, report says


The Tesla and SpaceX CEO reportedly purchased a ticket to space with Virgin Galactic. 


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Elon Musk is planning to take a trip to space with Virgin Galactic, according to a Sunday report from The Wall Street Journal. The billionaire’s decision to brave space follows in the footsteps of Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson, who also have ambitions for space travel. 

It’s uncertain where Musk, CEO of both electric-car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, sits on Virgin Galactic’s lengthy waiting list. Tickets for its space trip have sold for $250,000 apiece. 

Branson completed a short space flight on his Virgin Galactic space plane on Sunday. The trip, which left from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, marked the first time the British billionaire entered space and traveled with a full crew cabin. Branson called the trip an “experience of a lifetime” in a radio transmission sent as the plane returned to Earth. 

Read more: Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson touches edge of space in historic first flight

Before his Sunday flight, Branson acknowledged his friendship with Musk in a tweet, saying it’s “great to start the morning with a friend.” 

Musk has had his eyes on space for some time now. He plans to send large rockets into space with the goal of eventually getting to Mars, and in the meantime SpaceX has been busy sending resupply missions to the International Space Station and placing satellites in orbit in order to beam broadband signals to Earth.

Bezos, who last week stepped down as CEO of Amazon, plans to ride into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on July 20.

Tesla, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic didn’t immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.





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