On October 31, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert killing one of the two pilots.  Peter Siebold, the pilot who survived, had deployed from the spacecraft before it hit the ground and it saved his life.  After being released from the hospital on Monday, he finally spoke about his frightening experience.  When the spacecraft disaster began, it was around nine miles above the Earth with temperatures around -50 degrees Celsius and the atmosphere so thin that it is unbreathable.  This is about twice as high as Mount Everest.  When Siebold was thrown from the spacecraft he was still buckled to his seat.  He was able to unbuckle himself while he was falling which automatically released his parachute.

 

Click HERE to read the full article by Nicky Woolf on The Guardian.