For only $200K you can fly in space

Space tourism got a step closer on Sunday when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo safely
Space+Tourism.jpglanded in the Mojave desert after completing its “first piloted free flight.”

The company owned by entrepreneur Richard Branson has set a goal of launching its privately-owned spacecraft into space next year with six paying passengers and two pilots.

Talk about an economic stimulus, 340 customers have reserved seats. Tickets cost $200,000.

A deposit of $20,000 is required.

If you’re thinking about a space trip, Virgin Glaactic says it has an accredited space agent in Chattanooga.

If I had the cash, a trip on SpaceShipTwo definitely would be on my bucket list.

Check out a video of Sunday’s test flight on the Virgin Galactic website.

Virgin Galactic headlines

Christian Science Monitor: Virgin Galactic glides closer to $200,000-a-seat space shots

San Francisco Chronicle: SpaceShipTwo tourism rocket makes solo glide

Huffington Post: Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo Makes Its First Solo Glide Flight

Photo: In photo released by Virgin Galactic, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, or VSS Enterprise, glides toward the earth on its first test flight after release from the mothership, WhiteKnight2, also known as VMS Eve, over the Mojave, Calif., area early Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010.  AP Photo/Clay Observatory for Virgina Galactic, Mark Greenberg