Richard Branson has revealed that Virgin Galactic have secured the booking of their 600th customer, with British businesswoman Marsha Waters confirming she will be setting forth for space on board the worlds first commercial spaceline.
Ive always been fascinated with space and often wondered whether space travel would ever be a possibility for people like me, especially in my lifetime, Marsha said. After watching Virgin Galactics supersonic test flight at the end of April, I thought this is it and made the decision to purchase my ticket to space while I still had the chance. Its a big step and a major financial commitment for me, but I know it will be the most exciting, worthwhile adventure I will ever embark upon.
The Virgin Founder was on hand to welcome another future astronaut to team Galactic at an event in London last week, where he talked of his excitement around the news: Were delighted to welcome Virgin Galactics 600th future astronaut, Marsha Waters. I had the pleasure of meeting Marsha at The B Team launch in London last week and cant wait for her to experience space travel for herself.
Waters, the owner of an accounting service based in Blackpool, has seen the confirmation of her booking coincide with the anniversary of the first woman to have ever flown in space. June 16th 1963 saw Soviet astronaut Valentina Tereshkova enter into low Earth orbit.
This was then followed 20 years later by the first American woman to enter space, with June 18th 1983 seeing Sally Ride mark another important milestone for space travel.
To book your place in space, head over to the Virgin Galactic website.