With Donald Trump out of the news cycle for the most part, absurdity has also become strange so let’s get into the absurd then shall we?
Later this month Jeff Bezos was due to become the first billionaire to go to space aboard a vessel built by their own company. We say was because Richard Branson is now due to beat Bezos to space by nine days.
“I’ve always been a dreamer. My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars. On July 11th, it’s time to turn that dream into a reality aboard the next Virgin Galactic spaceflight, in the company of this brilliant crew of mission specialists,” the Virgin founder wrote in a blog.
What we find absurd is this jostling to be the first billionaire aboard their own vessel in space, a frankly ridiculous accomplishment that benefits the smallest fraction of people on Earth. But sure guys, burn more fossil fuel for a press release.
Oh and there will also be a livestream so we can all see Branson’s historic moment.
Of course Branson won’t actually be flying the the VSS Unity his firm Virgin Galactic built. The billionaire will be joined by pilots Dave Mackay, Michael Masucci, CJ Sturckow, and Kelly Latimer.
“I’ll be joined by mission crew specialists Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor; Colin Bennett, Lead Operations Engineer; and Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations. They helped build this unique program, along with the entire team,” Branson added.
The founder added that on his return he will “announce something very exciting to give more people the chance to become an astronaut”.
As mentioned the flight is set to take place on 11th July and that livestream we mentioned will be available through the Virgin Galactic website.
Billionaires really are a different breed.