and Virgin announce Mars expedition and colony
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and LONDON,
England (April 1st, 2008) – Google (NASDAQ:
GOOG) and Virgin Group today announced the launch
of Virgle Inc., a jointly owned and operated venture
dedicated to the establishment of a human settlement
people are calling Virgle an 'interplanetary Noah's
Ark,'" said Virgin Group President and Founder
Sir Richard Branson, who conceived the new venture.
"I'm one of them. It's a potentially remarkable
business, but more than that, it's a glorious
adventure. For me, Virgle evokes the spirit of
explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Marco
Polo, who set sail looking for the New World.
I do hope we'll be a bit more efficient about
actually finding it, though."
Virgle 100 Year Plan's milestones will include
Virgle Pioneer selection (2008-2010), the first
manned journey to Mars (2016), a Virgle Inc. initial
public offering to capitalize on the first manned
journey to Mars (2016), the founding of the first
permanent Martian municipality, Virgle City (2050),
and the achievement of a truly self-sustaining
Martian civilization with a population exceeding
is the ultimate application of a principle we’ve
always believed at Google: that you can do well
by doing good,” said Google co-founder Larry
Page, who plans to share leadership of the new
Martian civilization with Branson and Google co-founder
feel that ensuring the survival of the human race
by helping it colonize a new planet is both a
moral good in and of itself and also the most
likely method of ensuring the survival of our
best – okay, fine, only -- base of web search
volume and advertising inventory,” Page
added. “So, you know, it's, like, win-win."
original contingent of Virgle Pioneers will be
selected by numerous criteria, including an online
questionnaire, video submission, personal accomplishments,
expertise in scientific, artistic, sociological
and/or political fields of endeavor, and inadequate
Google and Virgin personal performance reviews.
Google's innovative search technologies connect
millions of people around the world with information
every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a
top Web property in all major global markets.
Google's targeted advertising program provides
businesses of all sizes with measurable results,
while enhancing the overall Web experience for
users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley
with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and
Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
the Virgin Group
Virgin, a leading branded venture capital organisation,
is one of the world's most recognised and respected
brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson,
the Virgin Group has gone on to grow very successful
businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony
to transportation, travel, financial services,
leisure, music, holidays, publishing and retailing.
Virgin has created more than 200 branded companies
worldwide, employing approximately 50,000 people,
in 29 countries. Revenues around the world in
2007 exceeded £11.5 billion (approx. US$23
billion). For more information, visit www.virgin.com.