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SpaceShipTwo. Sincerest condolences and heartfelt wishes

The Space Studies Institute wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family and colleagues of today’s lost SpaceShipTwo pilot, and extend our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery of the other pilot.

This is a sad and difficult moment in the human quest for the freedom to travel and live beyond the cradle of Earth.

Each test, each flight, whether perfectly completed or suffering any loss, is a required step in a very important journey. Every person who puts his or her life on the line for this goal is a hero and those who sacrifice the most will not be forgotten.

We hope that those who are struggling to come to terms with today’s loss will take time to appreciate and respect the courage and absolute dedication that these pilots put into making their worthy ambitions a reality for all of humanity. We owe them a great debt and, in their names, we must continue the work of making space accessible to everyone.

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November 3rd update:   The names of the pilots have been officially released.  Peter Siebold remains hospitalized at this time.  Friends of Michael Alsbury have organized a funding page to assist his family ( http://www.gofundme.com/MikeAlsbury ).

Dr. Peter E. Glaser 1923-2014

The Space Studies Institute is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Peter Glaser on May 29th.

Dr. Glaser’s name was synonymous with the technologies of Satellite Solar Power, a fundamental cornerstone of The High Frontier vision, and his long time personal association with our founder Gerard K. O’Neill was well known.

We grieve this loss but celebrate the great life of this important man whose passion and hard work has inspired so many and will undoubtedly play a major part in the future of humanity.

The High Frontier is a Free Kindle ebook – 4 days only

At Space Access 2013 SSI President Gary Hudson announced the release of Gerard K. O’Neill’s classic The High Frontier as an exclusive Amazon Kindle ebook.

Today we have another announcement: From Saturday April 20th to Tuesday April 23rd, the Kindle edition of The High Frontier is absolutely free. Just open the Kindle app on your iOS, Android, Windows PC or Mac and type High Frontier in the Kindle store, or get your free Kindle edition directly from the Amazon.com website here: The High Frontier.
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