George T. Whitesides (Newton North, '92), President and CEO of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space tourism company, is scheduled to speak before students in the Newton North auditorium at 12:15 on March 22nd. ¬†Virgin Galactic has designed several vehicles that will take tourists on sub-orbital flights leaving from Spaceport America in New Mexico. ¬†Whitesides has noted the potential for thousands and even millions to take part in spaceflight in the coming years. ¬†Before joining Virgin Galactic, George served on President Obama's transition team as chief of staff at NASA, and formerly the director of the National Space Society, a space advocacy group.
For more information, contact¬†Kevin McGrath.