Designer Burt Rutan stands in fromt of a model spaceship he helped design with financial assistance from Richard Branson at a news conference January 23, 2008 in New York City. Branson hopes the spaceship will be the first to ferry paying passengers into space on a regular schedule. Branson's Virgin Galactic is one of several commercial enterprises currently competing to offer flights to space. Looking to commence the program latter this year, about 200 people have already signed up for the rides, which cost about $200,000 per person.
(Jan. 23, 2008 - Source: Spencer Platt/Getty Images News)