CORRECTION: Space.com says this story is false. “I can confirm that there was a model of the VG spaceship given to the Oscar VIPs, not a flight,” Virgin Galactic president and CEO George Whitesides told SPACE.com today (Feb. 28).
The New York Post reports that Oscar losers will not be going home empty handed:
The infamous â€œconsolation prizeâ€ swag bag â€” presented by Distinctive Assets the morning after the Oscars to all nominees who donâ€™t win â€” will include the following trinkets at these estimated retail values:
* $200,000: An orbital space flight on Virgin Galactic (allowing nominees to be among the first to fly the friendly skies of space â€” kind of).
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