Excited to meet the Crew of the Virgin Galactic 02 Flight!
Hello again, Ken Baxter coming to you again from sunny Las Vegas, Nevada with some big news.
In a time when many companies these days espouse diversity policies only as a way to boost their ESG score and hopefully increase profits, Virgin Galactic has set an example that others should work to emulate.
The crew of Galactic 02 will include Jon Goodwin, an 80-year-old, record-holding Olympian and early Virgin Galactic ticket holder, as well as Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers, a Caribbean mother-daughter duo who won their seats in a draw that raised funds for non-profit Space for Humanity.
The citizen astronauts selected for this flight share fascinating stories how their space journey has unfolded.
John Goodwin competed in the infamous 1972 Munich Games and like myself is an early ticket holder on Virgin Galactic. Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2014 and after years of waiting to realize his dream of space travel, he thought his chances were just about finished.
Over the last 19 years following Virgin Galactic’s progress in their quest to make space travel available to the average citizen I have often mentioned my childhood fascination with rockets and space. Keisha Schahaff also shared this dream and never thought that it could possibly come true living in the Caribbean. But as we will all learn this year, dreams really do come true.
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic continues to break down the barriers in not only space travel but scientific research as well. Please make time to watch this historic flight on August 10th. Even more important, standby for important news on the flight I have dreamed of my entire life. As soon as I am cleared to release the date I will update this post – but it is soon…very soon. Godspeed Galactic 02.