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Planetary RadioMarch 10, 2015

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides on LauncherOne and the Return of SpaceShipTwo

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George Whitesides

President and CEO, Virgin Galactic

6,000 job-seekers came to the new Long Beach, California home of Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne rocket on a recent morning. We sit down with CEO George Whitesides for a conversation about this new effort and the return of SpaceShipTwo. Emily Lakdawalla reveals the latest news from a solar system full of spacecraft. Bill Nye talks about hard times for the Mars One one-way trip to the Red Planet. Bruce Betts is always up on the night sky, even as Snoopy flies again!

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