He added: “If you go into space and see how fragile it is, you’ll want to take care of it even more.”
And yet, public opinion appears to be split by the prospect of Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin taking to the skies.
The Piplsay survey asked whether people whether the recent missions were a positive or negative development.
Only 36 and 37 percent of Britons said they were “positive” or “indifferent”, respectively.
About 10 percent said they were “not sure” while 17 percent expressed negative attitudes.
The American audience painted the missions in a much more generous light, with 55 percent responding positively and 10 percent negatively.