Oh, and Richard Branson is still my freakin' idol:
Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson announced on Monday that he would invest $25 million in a new space venture, to be called Virgin Galactic. The project will license Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne technology for commercial suborbital flights starting at about $200,000. He expects it could fly 3,000 people within five years.
Howard Hughes left some big shoes to fill in the 'nutty billionaire' arena, but Branson is putting in a good effort.