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Virgin Galactic launches Richard Branson to space in 1st fully crewed flight of VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic launches Richard Branson to space in 1st fully crewed flight of VSS Unity


Early this morning (July 11), billionaire Richard Branson and three other passengers briefly went to space for the first fully crewed spaceflight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spaceplane. 

At 8:40 a.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EDT; 1440 GMT), the crew of Virgin Galactic‘s Unity 22 test flight mission took off from the company’s Spaceport America facility in New Mexico and flew just above the boundary of space, where the four passengers and two pilots experienced about four minutes of weightlessness. 



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