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.
About The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded The Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of The Planetary Society's Board, serves as CEO.