The Virgin Galactic VSS Unity spacecraft captured this Earth view in its first trip to space in 2018. December 13
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Virgin Galactic wants the world to be a better place, giving more people a much-needed perspective.
The company's representatives expressed a strong belief in the "review effect". This is the idea that seeing the Earth as it really is, a wonderful but lonely life front, turning from seemingly infinite vanity, fundamentally changes the way people think about their world.
As many NASA astronauts have noticed for many years, this approach can lead to greater concern for the planet's ecological well-being and to unite mankind, reminding people that their dividing line is arbitrary. [Classic Views of Earth from Space (Photos)]
"The more people see the Earth from above, the more changes you can make on Earth," said Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses on Thursday (February 8) at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC,
"You bring space to your home and give people this perspective in a much wider sphere than before – I think
He spoke at the ceremony that celebrated the first trip to a suborbital space that passed the RocketMotorTwo National Air and Space Museum, which is Virgin Galactic's latest SpaceShipTwo car VSS Unity.
This 13th December Pilot Flight, which was tested by Mark Forger Stucky and Frederick CJ Sturckow, was the first crew mission to launch into space from US soil since NASA's July 2011 Federal Aviation Administration gave Stucky and Sturckow commercial astronaut wings for achievements on Thursday at a different ceremony In the Washington Transport Department
(NASA is currently relying on Russian Soyuz missiles and spacecraft to get US astronauts to and from the International Space Station, but this should change quite quickly. SpaceX and Boeing is planning to fly crew test missions to orbital labs in the summer of private cars. SpaceShipTwo is currently selling for $ 250,000, and more than 600 people have made deposits, said Virgin Galactic, but the company is striving for much more people, and the stage in the 1960s shows that such bold aspirations are not far , said Moses, who was NASA's Kennedy Space Center Spa ce shuttle program start guide.
"I think the future perspective, we are straight to the point where we will begin to see one pilot flight suddenly become five or six or 10. And then commercial and six to five to 5000 up to hundreds of thousands, ”he said. “Our future is to open up space for everyone and let everyone have the opportunity to experience the space of experience. See the earth from above. ”
We could soon get the first glimpse into that future. Richard Galactic founder Richard Branson said he hoped that SpaceShipTwo's commercial operations would begin in mid-this year. Branson has repeatedly said he will be on the first commercial flight
Virgin Galactic is not the only major suborbital tourist business. Blue Origin, headed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, creates a rocket capsule combination called New Shepard to bring people and payloads to the suborbital space and back. New Shepard commercial flights can begin this year, if everything goes well, the company said.
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