Told it would boost the local economy, the residents of an impoverished town in the New Mexico desert raised taxes on themselves to help billionaire Richard Branson launch wealthy tourists briefly into space. Now the lofty plan is on indefinite hold.
"Humanity does not progress by jumping into space and leaving the cares of Earth behind," writes Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo. "We move forward by creating a more equitable and compassionate planet for now and generations unborn."
In case you missed it, in November, io9 reported that physicist Harold White was working on the concept for an engine that could transport a ship through space at warp speeds without violating Einstein’s law of relativity.
Sometime soon, thrill-seekers with the funds and the desire to plunk down $200K to experience four minutes of weightlessness more than 60 miles above the Earth will have the chance, thanks to Virgin CEO and astro-preneur Richard Branson.