The view from Virgin Galactic spaceship 2, spectacular. December's mission marked the first manned launch from US soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011, climbing 51.4 miles into the FAA definition of space. Buddy, we’re going to space. Today pilots Mark Stuckey and CJ Sturckow received their commercial astronaut wings as virgin prepares to be the first to carry paying customers by year's end.
I want to do dozens, you know dozens and dozens of these flights and and with paying customers and and ensure experience with them. 600 people have already signed up, many celebrities paying $250,000. It feels tantalizingly close to the culmination of our dreams. Billionaire founder Richard Branson plans to fly in July and says the trips will get cheaper the more spacecraft he builds. You know we may be able to get the price right down in 10 years rather than 20. Until then a four-minute quarter-million dollar view.
Dozens of interviews with all sorts of people found few willing to praise their government or that of its competitor.
Japan, Russia and Canada are refusing to sign up to further commitments under Kyoto.