Virgin Galactic launches search for boy behind spaceline idea
(Relaxnews) – Sir Richard Branson has launched a worldwide appeal to help him find the child who, 26 years ago, asked a question that inspired him to launch his commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic.
During a live appearance on a BBC TV show in 1988, Branson answered a viewer call from a young Shihan Musafer, who asked him “Have you ever thought about going into space?”
It was a harebrained idea at the time, to which Branson answered in the hypothetical: “I’d love to go into space, as I think pretty well everybody watching this show would love to go to space,” he replied.
“When you see those magnificent pictures in space and the incredible views, I think there could be nothing nicer. So if you’re building a spacecraft I’d love to come with you on it.”
Little did Branson know (or did he?) that little more than a quarter century later, he would be putting the finishing touches on what is poised to become a historic milestone in commercial and space travel.
“Now, Richard and the Virgin Galactic team are keen to track down Shihan to say a personal thank you for helping to inspire the idea with that phone call,” reads a press release.
So far, more than 700 people are already booked to make their first flight into space. With the Virgin Spaceship Enterprise nearly finished its test flight program, Branson projects he could be on the inaugural flight by the end of the year.