Richard Branson, he of the various Virgin Enterprises, has attached its name to a staggering array of ventures. Not the least of those is Virgin Galactic, which is currently hard at work sending space-age aircraft into heretofore uncharted territory. Space Ship Two and White Knight Two are the two latest machines going airborne for the firm, and these two craft will soon be carrying instruments for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Neiman Marcus has finally released its famed 2006 Christmas Book of exotic holiday gifts. Not many holiday catalogs offer as wide a range as NM. You can spend $24 on a tin of NM Exclusive Candied Corn, or turn to page 32 for a $160,000 pen. Or if you really want to get your friends something no one else has, just turn to page 87. There you'll find that $1.7 million will buy a ride for 6 in Virgin Atlantic's SpaceShipTwo soaring 63 miles above the Earth.
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