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.
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