Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson speaks at a press conference after a Virgin Galactic test spacecraft crashed, at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif. on Nov. 1, 2014.
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By NBC News
January 5, 2015

In a New Year’s blog posting, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson says October’s fatal breakup of the SpaceShipTwo rocket plane led him to question whether he should continue with his multimillion-dollar space travel venture.

He said the Oct. 31 crash, which killed one test pilot and injured the other pilot, affected him deeply as he flew to California’s Mojave Air and Space Port in California to meet with the SpaceShipTwo team.

“I found myself questioning seriously for the first time, whether in fact it was right to be backing the development of something that could result in such tragic circumstances. In short — was Virgin Galactic and everything it has stood for and dreamt of achieving, really worth it?”…

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