[ONLINE] - Test Gods with Nicholas Schmidle


Test Gods is an epic story about extreme bravery and sacrifice, about the thin line between lunacy and genius. Most of all, it is a story about the pursuit of meaning in our lives—and the fulfillment of our dreams.

Working from exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic’s campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters—Mark Stucky, Virgin’s lead test pilot; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot killed in a fatal crash; and others—through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal: to make space tourism a reality.

Join us for a conversation with the author and journalist David Ignatius about the book, his reporting experience, and the future of space tourism.

This event is presented in partnership with Politics and Prose.


Nicholas Schmidle, @nickschmidle
Author, Test Gods
Former New America Fellow

David Ignatius, @IgnatiusPost
Columnist, Washington Post

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