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The Winklevoss Twins Are Going to Space, Thanks to Bitcoin

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Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss say they'll bankroll an out-of-this-world trip aboard the Virgin Galactic for the low price of 716 bitcoin. Perhaps no one is anticipating their launch more than Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Ready for the most Internet-friendly news you’ll hear all day? The Winklevoss twins’ recent bitcoin endeavors are bankrolling their trip to outer space onboard the Virgin Galactic. We’re sure Mark Zuckerberg looks forward to their departure from the earth’s stratosphere, if only for a few hours.

Virgin CEO Richard Branson began accepting the crypto currency as a viable means of payment for the $250,000-a-pop ticket in November. That’s the current equivalent of 716 bitcoin, which is a fraction of the Winklevoss twins’ reported 1% ownership (about 100,000 coins) of the currency.

Tyler announced their brotherly space journey of Twitter and their personal blog, which likens their adventure to the explorations of Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Vasco da Gama.

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