Branson: Next Stop, the Moon

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National, Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson says that his company hopes to conduct tourism trips around the moon:

“We’re looking at building small little spaceships, two-man spaceships with glass tops which will be programmed to pull you around by the moon’s gravity around the moon so you can just go 100 foot above the moon, around and then back to the hotel. Anyway, we’re dreaming and we’re working on it. And whether all this happens in our lifetime, we’ll see.”

This clip comes at the end of a 30-minute Future Tense program largely devoted to Australia’s efforts to create a stronger, more coordinated space program.