Clinton: Branson my last chance to go into space

Apr 26, 2012, 6:47 PM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s childhood aspiration of becoming an astronaut was dashed by NASA, but she may not be giving up on the dream of reaching the heavens.

Clinton welcomed the British billionaire Richard Branson to a State Department conference on global investment on Thursday by saying she was “excited he’s here because many, many, many years ago, I wanted to be an astronaut, and I think he may be my last chance to live out that particular dream.”

She often tells the story about how NASA rejected her inquiry on joining the space program in the early 1960s because she was a girl. Branson’s Virgin Galactic Venture will send paying tourists into space.

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Clinton: Branson my last chance to go into space