A couple of days ago, I watched the launch of Spaceship One and the White Knight. I laughed and cheered and felt like a little kid. Then I read an article about how Virgin is planning a fleet of commercial spacecraft, and I couldn't stop grinning for hours. Then today I watched a special "Next" feature on CNN about this project, and I found myself laughing again, but this time with tears in my eyes -- good happy ones, but it was still an unexpectedly powerful emotional reaction.
Thank you so much for ushering in the true Space Age. Thank you for helping me to live in a world of private space travel. This was one of the greatest dreams I've held all my life, and it's now a reality. Virgin Galactic (http://www.virgingalactic.com/) is opening the way for true commercial space travel in which non-billionaires will be able to participate. Next, a space hotel. On to the Moon. Next, the Solar System!
Soon others will jump in to compete against you, Sir Branson, and that's exactly what we're all hoping. By having competition, we'll have a vibrant space industry. With corporations investing in space, we'll at last have permanent human presence beyond the Earth.
Humankind changed this week. The world we live in changed. Thanks so much for doing this now, and I can't wait to see what comes next.