Ad astra per aspera...

And so it truly begins, a legitimate commercial venture for the exploitation of
space. If Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic can get going, the gates will be open to those who would cater to the financially well endowed. Within a few years, we could have more amateur astronauts than "professional" ones. It's about time we started to open the options outside our atmosphere for commercial ventures.

Our greatest hope on this planet revolves around the ingenuity and creativity
of our fellow humans, rather than some restrictive bureaucracy. For the
Branson initiative, I only wish it unparalleled success and that it is the
first of many.