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Richard Branson Paints Beautiful, Sexy Picture of Space Tourism

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | October 05, 2016

Richard Branson Paints Beautiful, Sexy Picture of Space Tourism

PHOTO: Richard Branson in 2010. (Photo courtesy Flickr)

The future will be a bright one, festooned with sexy space hotels where you will be able to enjoy the sexiness of your future self.

Such is the latest out of Mashable UK, which had Branson stop by for an enlightening interview about various topics including the future of travel. It’s here that Mashable highlights a prediction that is promising if not a bit humorous. The business magnate envisions a future wherein travelers can frolic the joy and expanse of space.

It’s a welcomed idea that we travel enthusiasts love to hear from a man of Branson’s stature. As Virgin goes, in many respects, so goes the industry.

Here is the video via Facebook.

Branson begins with an anecdote about his recent terrifying tumble during the Virgin Strive Challenge.

Eventually, the conversation turned to where he would like to see Virgin a century from now. After thinking for a beat, Branson explained, via Mashable: “I'd like to have really sexy Virgin hotels in space where people can go and stay in pods, head off in little spaceships around the moon, where they wake up in the morning and then they go back to their pods in the evening.”

The brand is already well on its way to testing the possibility of frequent and affordable space tourism through Virgin Galactic, but for now we get to settle for a wonderful hypothetical that you can certainly imagine taking place decades from now.

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Instead of a vacation to London, you may just soar past the moon. It’s a fanciful and optimistic sentiment in any case.

Branson continued with thoughts on the value of exploration: “I'd like Virgin Galactic to be involved in deep space exploration. Stephen Hawking, who's going to go to space with Virgin Galactic one day, wants us to colonize other planets because, if a disaster happens to earth, he doesn't want to see evolution wasted. In 100 years' time, I suspect we would've colonized somewhere like Mars.”

We recommend watching the whole interview, which even featured discussion on our addiction to technology and universal connectivity.

It’s a brief but insightful take from a man who is immersed in the industry and understands where things are headed.


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