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The Killers guitarist backtracks on space travel plans

The Killers guitarist Dave Keuning has got cold feet over being one of the first passengers on a commercial space flight.
In 2008 the musician revealed he was saving up to book a spot on entrepreneur Richard Branson’s space travel company Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight.
However the delays to Virgin Galactic’s launch schedule have made him nervous about travelling to space.
“It’s something I’m still interested in, but Virgin has kept pushing that date back,” he tells America’s Little Village magazine. “They said it was going to be 2010, and then ’11, and then ’12, and they still haven’t done it. It’s actually made me a bit nervous about being on the first one.”
The crash of Virgin Galactic’s prototype space ship, the VSS Enterprise came as a major setback. In October 2014 the spaceplane suffered a catastrophic in-flight breakup in California during a test flight killing its co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.
And Dave says he’s now prepared to wait for others to try out commercial space travel first to minimise the risk to his life.
“Whenever it happens, I’ll probably let other people do it first for a few years because I don’t want to be the one who blows up.”
The delays haven’t removed Dave’s obsession with space travel, and the star says that despite getting cold feet about becoming a space pioneer, he’s desperate to see humanity reach further into the cosmos.
“It’s definitely a dream of mine to go to space,” he adds. “It’s unfortunate how slow the space program is moving. That’s my biggest reason for wanting to live a long life, to see what happens. Will we get to Mars? Will there be a hotel on the moon someday? I don’t know. Stuff like this fascinates me.”
Despite the setbacks to their plans, Virgin Galactic executives hope to send paying customers into space next year (17), with Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Harry Styles among those rumoured to have expressed an interest in a voyage.

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