Press Statement: CEO Bill Nye Responds to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Anomaly

Press Statement
October 31, 2014

Erin Greeson
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye released a statement in response to today's SpaceShipTwo accident:

Space exploration has always carried great risk. Our hearts go out to the people and families of Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites. The space exploration community has suffered a great loss today. Nevertheless, we are inspired by Virgin Galactic's commitment to the future. Space is hard, as evidenced by the catastrophic launch earlier this week. Because of the promise of discovery, we can be certain that others will step in to honor the fallen and then carry on to make space more accessible for the benefit of humankind.

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