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Virgin Galactic: how was the trip of billionaire Richard Branson to the gates of space aboard his own ship

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Richard Branson floating in zero gravity on July 11, 2021.

Image source, Reuters

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition by flying to the gates of space this Sunday.

His Unity rocket plane took off from New Mexico, in the United States, to spend a moment of weightlessness outside Earth. Shortly after an hour, he returned safely to the planet’s surface.

The mission of the owner of Virgin Group is clear: to evaluate the experience to open these trips to the public and to boost the nascent space tourism industry.

The journey made him the first of the new space tourism pioneers to test his own spacecraft, surpassing Jeff Bezos, from Amazon, and Elon Musk, de SpaceX.


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