Virgin Galactic's Rocket Man
(This article was originally published in the August 20th 2018 issue of The New Yorker Magazine)
By Nicholas Schmidle
At 5 a.m. on April 5th, Mark Stucky drove to an airstrip in Mojave, California, and gazed at SpaceShipTwo, a sixty-foot-long craft that is owned by Virgin Galactic, a part of the Virgin Group. Painted white and bathed in floodlight, it resembled a sleek fighter plane, but its mission was to ferry thousands of tourists to and from space.
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