Help Find The Kid (Now Adult) Who Inspired Virgin Galactic [UPDATE]

Back in 1988, Richard Branson appeared on the BBC show "Going Live!" and fielded a call from a kid named Shihan Musafer. Shihan's question: "Have you ever thought about going into space?" 26 years later, the commercial spaceline Shihan inspired is poised to launch its first flight – and Branson wants help tracking… » 4/11/14 8:20am 4/11/14 8:20am

William Shatner turned down a space voyage because he's scared to fly

William Shatner decided not to boldly go into orbit, on board Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spaceship. According to Branson, this is because Shatner is "scared of airline travel." Probably because of those gremlins on the wing, right? » 9/20/13 11:20am 9/20/13 11:20am

Richard Branson "determined to start a population on Mars"

Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson recently gave an interview with CBS News in which he said that he's hoping to start a colony on Mars — and that he'd very much like to take part in it. He also spoke about his plans to offer two-hour commercial space flights for $200,000 a pop, and how he's driven by the desire to… » 9/20/12 10:41am 9/20/12 10:41am

Is David Tennant's TiVo ad too similar to Doctor Who?

There's a long and proud tradition of Doctor Who actors cashing in on the role in commercials — including Tom Baker's totally nutso Prime Computer ads. But now, the BBC are upset about David Tennant's new TiVo ad, which you can watch above. At least, that's what the ever-reliable British tabloid the Mirror is… » 4/09/12 12:28pm 4/09/12 12:28pm

Will commercial space flight ruin the enviroment back on Earth?

Travel has long had an environmental cost: gasoline, jet fuel, spandex pants for bicycling. With space tourism soon to become a common occurrence, what will be the environmental price? » 1/07/11 1:30pm 1/07/11 1:30pm

Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship, making its first flight with crew

Here's Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two cruising over the Mojave Desert last Thursday. The VSS Enterprise spacecraft didn't travel into suborbital space but stayed affixed to its mothership. Virgin's planned price for a few minutes of suborbital views? $200,000. » 7/17/10 8:30am 7/17/10 8:30am

Why Aren't You Building Your Own UFO Yet?

Do you know why Richard Branson was in such a hurry to unveil SpaceShipTwo last week? It's not because he loves cool toys — it's because he was worried an inventor who's created a personal UFO would steal his thunder. » 12/14/09 12:40pm 12/14/09 12:40pm

Enter the Virgin Mothership

Say what you will about Sir Richard Branson — at least he uses his billions to help other people have fun, not just himself. That's the quality that makes him the prime funder behind space tourism, a brand new phenomenon that will let regular folk head to the stars for the first time. Well, regular folk with 200 grand… » 7/31/08 9:40am 7/31/08 9:40am

Why Virgins And Superheroes Shouldn't Mix

Dear Sir Richard Branson and Gotham Chopra: I think we need to talk about your superhero habit. I was reading that your company, Virgin Comics, has just employed aging icon Stan Lee to create a new line of superhero books, just days after the publisher announced that it would be releasing Superbia, a series about… » 4/23/08 10:31am 4/23/08 10:31am

Britain's First Space Hero Returns

Richard Branson and Deepak Chopra's Virgin Comics are reviving Dan Dare, and the first issue hits shelves Thursday. Dare, Britain's longest-running science-fiction character (created in 1950, he's thirteen years older than Doctor Who) is returning to print courtesy of Garth Ennis, creator of Vertigo Comics' Preacher » 11/26/07 6:23am 11/26/07 6:23am