Space Showdown: Richard Branson’s Mission to Outpace Jeff Bezos!

Move over, Bezos; Richard Branson, the mastermind behind Virgin Group, is ready to take on the stars! Branson made a bold announcement that he will join the crew of Virgin Galactic’s space launch on July 11th – nine whole days before Jeff Bezos plans his space journey with Blue Origin.

Oh, it’s getting spicy up there! Branson is all set to be the first billionaire to soar into space on a privately funded spacecraft. Talk about taking the “sky is the limit” saying quite literally!

In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Branson cleared the air about any rivalry between him and Bezos. He mentioned that both their space endeavors are pretty different, and there’s no direct competition. However, when it comes to Musk and Bezos, well, let’s just say there’s some cosmic tension between them.

Branson, at the age of 70, is living the dream, literally! He’s decided to go through the same training as future Virgin Galactic astronauts. Nothing’s holding him back – even the Federal Aviation Administration gave the thumbs up for the July 11th launch.

But don’t expect them to go full sci-fi mode and fly to the moon or Mars. Branson’s crew will experience microgravity at the boundary of space, around 80 kilometers up. It’s like a quick peek into space before making a graceful U-turn back to Earth.

Bezos, though, plans to go a bit higher, almost 106 kilometers up. He’ll get around three minutes of space time. Short and sweet, right?

Now, let’s talk prices. If you’ve got a hefty bank account and the guts, you can become a future Virgin Galactic astronaut for a ticket price ranging from $200,000 to $250,000. Not too shabby for a trip to the stars!

Bezos, on the other hand, brought his brother and a mysterious auction winner who paid a jaw-dropping $28 million for an 11-minute ride.

Each billionaire has their own mission in mind. Musk wants to conquer Mars, Branson wants to show Earth from a new perspective, and Bezos aims to make human spaceflight safer and cheaper.

With all this excitement, we can’t wait to see who will be the ultimate space superstar! Time to buckle up, folks – the billionaire space race is just getting started! 🚀✨

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