The NTSB is investigating the catastrophic explosion which destroyed Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, billionaire Richard Branson’s plane designed for amateur astronauts. Will it bring down Branson’s dream of space tourism as well?
Federal investigators and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson sent a team to the site of the SpaceShipTwo crash Saturday, near the Mojave Air and Space Port north of Los Angeles. The commercial spacecraft blew apart Friday, killing one pilot and injuring another.
On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted NASA's Mercury capsule, known as Friendship 7, three times around Earth, matching the groundbreaking achievement of the rival Soviet Union, which launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit 10 months earlier.