Posted by: Ryan McDonald | April 1, 2008

Virgin Galactic & Google team up to infinity… and beyond!


If you’ve dreamed of taking off from this floating pussbag of a planet ala The Last Starfighter or, hell, even like Fire in the Sky… here’s your chance! Virgin Galactic and the co-founders of Google have teamed up to build a crew of interplanetary settlers and colonize the red planet, Mars! From their press release;

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and LONDON, England (April 1st, 2008) – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Virgin Group today announced the launch of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement on Mars.

“Some people are calling Virgle an ‘interplanetary Noah’s Ark,'” said Virgin Group President and Founder Sir Richard Branson, who conceived the new venture. “I’m one of them. It’s a potentially remarkable business, but more than that, it’s a glorious adventure. For me, Virgle evokes the spirit of explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, who set sail looking for the New World. I do hope we’ll be a bit more efficient about actually finding it, though.”

The Virgle 100 Year Plan’s milestones will include Virgle Pioneer selection (2008-2010), the first manned journey to Mars (2016), a Virgle Inc. initial public offering to capitalize on the first manned journey to Mars (2016), the founding of the first permanent Martian municipality, Virgle City (2050), and the achievement of a truly self-sustaining Martian civilization with a population exceeding 100,000 (2108).

Go to the main Virgle website for all the details: Their 100 year plan, How to become a pioneer, messages from the founders, etc.

Fill out your application, (It’s ok, it’s a multiple choice quiz), upload your youtube application video and you may be the first person to set foot on Mars!


  1. Those crazy multi-billionares! Always messing with the public. BTW, they posted this on March 31st, so does it count as an April Fool’s Joke?

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