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(NEWSER)– The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Friday has unsurprisingly failed to deter Richard Branson: He'll still be on his company's first flight to space, he tells CNN. "There is no way I would ask others to go on a Virgin Galactic flight if I didn't feel it was safe enough for myself," he said yesterday.

Nor, he says, are those who've already bought $250,000 tickets to space giving up, CNNMoney reports. In fact, two additional passengers bought tickets on Friday, the day of the crash. "They want to see this happen, and they want to show their commitment," Branson said. As for the flight's safety, he said it was comparable to commercial flights—on Earth—in the 1920s and 1930s.

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