Bitcoins Accepted for Space Ride

    The Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise spacecraft prepares to make it's first public landing during the Spaceport America runway dedication ceremony near Las Cruces, New Mexico on October 22, 2010. The world's first private passenger spaceship will passed another milestone toward its commercial lift-off at it's remote spaceport in the New Mexico desert. Flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson hosted a ceremony marking the completion of the main runway at Spaceport America, near the town of Las Cruces where the Virgin Galactic project is based. "The mothership has been finished and flying for a while now," Branson said. "We'll do many, many, many test flights over the next 12 months to maybe 18 months before we actually send people up into space.            AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Great news for those saving up for a trip to space—you can now pay for your ride with Bitcoin. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced Friday that Virgin Galactic, his commercial space company, will accept the digital currency for rides out of Earth’s orbit. A ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will cost aspiring astronauts $250,000—that’s about 322.5 Bitcoins. Branson and his family will take the first flight, an event that will be televised live on the Today show.

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