“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.” - Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group
British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic started trading on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, with shares climbing more than 10% before day’s end. Branson founded the Virgin Group in 1970, opening a chain of record stores and later expanding his company to include airlines, trains and even space travel, becoming one of the world’s largest multinational conglomerates. Once deemed to be a literal moonshot concept, Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 with the goal of providing suborbital spaceflights to tourists and scientists, a dream that is expected to be realized next year as the company begins its first passenger flights. If you’re a space enthusiast eager to float among the stars, you should start filling up your piggy bank — Virgin Galactic tickets are currently priced at $250,000 per seat, though despite the steep price more than 600 reservations have already been placed.