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Nerd Alert: Range Rover Has a Model Exclusively for Astronauts

First you drop $250,000 to join the ranks of Virgin Galactic's astronauts, and then you can drop another six figures for this Range.

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This week, Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations unveiled the Range Rover Astronaut Edition.   

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Only available to those who sign up as a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut, the vehicle features space-themed doodaddery inside and out.     

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It's available with a buyer's choice of a plug-in hybrid or V8 powertrain.

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The cupholders carry a piece of the Virgin Spaceship Unity's front landing skid, one of which has a Richard Branson quote on it, but it'll be swapped out for a piece of that astronaut's own ship after the flight ends.     

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The door handles are made from solid aluminum and carry a constellation pattern that's repeated on the front headrests.     

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Aside from its paint, the only other major additions to the exterior are a set of puddle lamps, which bear the silhouette of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo craft, and some Astronaut Edition badges on the side and tailgate.    

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It's worth noting that the buyers aren't "astronauts" as you normally think of them.   

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Instead, they only eligible buyers are space tourists who first plunk down $250,000 for 90 seconds of a zero-gravity experience. This allows them to pay another six figures for the special Rover.

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Richard Branson, the founder and chairman of Virgin Galactic, slides into the exclusive edition as Gerry McGovern, chief design officer of Land Rover, looks on.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out more pictures related to the Range Rover Astronaut Edition.

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McGovern and Branson stand alongside the Range Rover Astronaut Edition.

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Here they come.

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Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two carries SpaceShipTwo to launch altitude.

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