Billionaires wanted for starship plan MSNBC

For some billionaires, space travel is a cause worth big bucks. The examples range from Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson, who’s putting together what’s likely to be the first suborbital spaceline, to founder Jeff Bezos, who is backing the publicity-shy Blue Origin space venture (and benefiting from NASA funding).
But how far are deep-pocketed space fans willing to go? Pete Worden, the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, recently hinted that billionaires are being recruited to kick in contributions for a deep-space mission known as “the Hundred Year Starship.” The idea builds on the long-discussed concept of sending people on one-way missions to space destinations, in hopes of jump-starting colonization of the final frontier.