Last Friday, the future of space tourism suffered a devastating setback as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert in California. The crash left one pilot dead and another in serious condition. The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but it is under investigation.
Virgin Galactic hopes to be a pioneer in the “space tourism” program, by taking normal (i.e. not astronauts) people into space. Granted, it will not be anywhere close to cheap, but what’s money when it comes to flying to space? The company originally hoped to offer their first real flight before 2015, but this unfortunate incident will certainly have some kind of an effect on that plan. SpaceShipTwo was equipped to hold up to six passengers along with two pilots.
Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Galactic, commented on the incident by saying that, “Space is hard — but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together.”
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