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October 31st, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Fmr. NASA astronaut on the Virgin Galactic explosion, and the fate of space tourism

(CNN) – One pilot was killed and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo exploded after what the company called a "serious anomaly" occurred during a test flight.

Will the explosion have an effect on space tourism?

"In the long term, I don't think there will be a big effect," said former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao.

"During any development program ... unfortunately you're incurring higher risks. That's why you have test
programs like SpaceShipTwo is going through. And unfortunately during the test phase, just like testing high-performance aircraft for the military, there are incidents and mishaps like this, too," said Chiao.

For more of our interview with former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, check out the video above.

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