Virgin Galactic has signed up two more high-profile passengers to space: the Winklevoss twins of Facebook fame. In a blog post, Tyler wrote that he and Cameron had paid for their tickets using their favorite currency—bitcoins.
- Tyler's take: "It is in this vein that Cameron and I contemplate our tickets into space—as seed capital supporting a new technology that may forever change the way we travel, purchased with a new technology that may forever change the way we transact."
- MarketWatch's take: "Rich twins buy tickets on unproven spaceship using suspect virtual currency." (Full story here.)
Tickets run $250,000 apiece, and the first flights could take place this year. No word on whether the Winklevii will be on the same flight as Justin Bieber
or Ashton Kutcher
. NBC News
notes a weird trivia nugget: They would be the first twins to go into space simultaneously. (Mark and Scott Kelly haven't gone up together.)