Why is Virgin Galactic stock down?
Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. has filed to sell up to $500 million worth of shares, according to a regulatory filing Monday, sending the stock spiraling down after the weekend's successful space-tourism flight. ... Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, is due to go on his space flight on July 20. MarketWatchHere's why Virgin Galactic stock is falling after a successful space flight
16 July, 2021 - 09:18am
On Sunday, Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire business mogul with a flair for adventure, took his most daring trip yet when he flew to the edge of space aboard a Virgin Galactic ship for the first time. Branson, 70, along with five other team members, boarded the VSS Unity spacecraft to embark on the company's first fully crewed flight test, a mission dubbed "Unity 22."
Branson shared footage from the trip on Monday and his followers couldn't help but realize that a shot of him in the spaceship looked a whole lot like an old episode of The Simpsons.
A season 25 episode of the animated comedy titled "The War of Art," which aired in 2014, saw an animated Branson in space. In the scene, he leaned back and admired a painting while floating in the zero gravity compartment of a spaceship, similar to his video shared this week.
Twitter users immediately hopped online to point out that art imitated life, as the cartoon came true seven years later.
"So the @TheSimpsons predicted yet another thing that came true. @richardbranson making his flight into space for the #Unity22 launch," one Twitter user wrote, sharing a meme of the two moments.
However, some critics shut down the theory, saying that anyone could have predicted Branson's trip to space as founded the Virgin Galactic in 2004, vocalizing hopes of sending tourists to space years ago.
"So the show wasn't exactly being Nostradamus here," one argued.
Another agreed, writing "When the Simpsons did their Richard Branson in space thing it was 2014; by that time Virgin Galactic was a thing and probably could easily be guessed by almost anyone. Not predicting the future, merely peering through the window."
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The writers behind The Simpsons have struck again. Their uncanny prophetic abilities were reaffirmed on July 11, when Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson made his voyage into space. Branson’s journey was forecast by Fox’s long-running animated comedy back in the 15th installment of Season 25, which aired on March 23, 2014. In the episode, titled […]
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The billionaire strapped into his Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane along with six employees and soared into space on July 11.
"The whole thing was just magical," Branson said when he touched back down to Earth, but perhaps what was most impressive was the fact the expedition made a scene from a 2014 episode of The Simpsons a reality.
One Twitter user shared a comparison of two pictures — one of Branson experiencing zero gravity in space and one of an animated Branson in The Simpsons in space.
"How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing?" Aditya Kondawar wrote on Twitter.
The episode, The War of Art, was from season 25, which came out in 2014.
In the episode, the Simpsons acquire a painting from the Van Houten's yard sale. When they get home and remove the frame, they see the signature of Johan Oldenveldt and discover he is a famous artist.
However, the family finds out the painting is actually a forgery painted by Klaus Ziegler, who Homer and Lisa meet in the final minutes of the episode.
While Lisa degrades Ziegler for his career as an art forger, he claims "beauty is beauty".
"My forgeries give pleasure to people all over the world," he says.
While he is giving his speech to Lisa, characters are seen viewing art around the world, and in Branson's case, reclining mid-air in space.
However, some argued there were similarities between The Simpson's depiction of Branson's spacecraft and the real one.
"So weird how similar they are...the round windows...that would've been crazy if he had sunglasses too," someone said on Twitter.
"It's designed pretty close, was the design out then? That's what's weird to me. I don't know," another person said.
For a while now, many people have speculated the writers of The Simpsons can somehow predict the future, with several episodes featuring things which would go on to happen, or have a striking resemblance to things that do.
Earlier this year, fans claimed the cartoon predicted the insurrection on January 6 back in 2020 during the Halloween episode, the episode featured several similarities to what actually transpired that day.
Fans also claim the show predicted the Covid-19 pandemic in a 1993 episode titled Marge in Chains, where Springfield residents mail order ‘Juice Looseners’, which are shipped from Osaka in Japan.
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has expressed doubts about whether billionaire Richard Branson really flew into space and posed several questions over its technicality. “First of all, it was suborbital. Nasa did it 60 years ago with Alan Shepard, took off from Cape Canaveral and landed in the ocean,” deGrasse Tyson said in an interview with CNN. "If you don't go fast enough to reach orbit you will fall and return to Earth," he added.
According to CNN, Neil deGrasse Tyson said that neither Richard Branson nor Jeff Bezos has actually been put into orbit. “So, did you get high enough? Did you go into orbit? Did you actually go anywhere? Did you go to the Moon, to Mars or beyond?" he said.
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The astrophysicist explained the orbit of the International Space Station and that of a spacecraft orbit would be 1cm from the scale model and the moon would be more than 10 metres away. However, the border that Richard Branson reached is less than 2 millimetres from the surface, he said.
“It's okay if you want to call it 'space,' because average humans haven't gotten there before and it's a first for you. That's why it takes eight minutes to get into orbit and three days to reach the moon," he told CNN. ". That is actually space travel. So I don't see it as 'oh, let's go into space'. No. What you are going to have is a nice view of the Earth," he added.
“I don't even know if you are going to see the curvature. I did some calculations and I think not. If you are 2 millimetres from the surface of this globe, you don't have the full perspective. It is a visual effect that you get from 50 miles up (nearly 80 km). So have fun," said deGrasse.
However, he said he was "delighted that this is a new tourist attraction." "I have no problem or doubt with celebrating this fact. It should have happened decades ago, it didn't take 60 years for a private company to end up doing what Nasa did in 1961," he added.
DeGrasse Tyson also said Elon Musk's space project and his aerospace company has more merit. "The concept of SpaceX is 'we want to send people to places', it is an effort to push that limit, that frontier of exploring space," he said.
Seventy-one-year-old Richard Branson went into space aboard his rocket ship on July 11 along with five crewmates beating out his rival Jeff Bezos. They reached an altitude of 53.5 miles (86 kilometres) over the New Mexico desert and then glided back to a runway landing. Branson became the first person to travel in his own spaceship, beating Jeff Bezos by nine days.
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