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Virgin Galactic Founder Richard Branson Takes Off for Space

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Last Updated: July 11, 2021, 21:07 IST

“Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard hard work to get us this far," Richard Branson said during a live feed as the VSS Unity spaceship glided back to Spaceport America in New Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

“Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard hard work to get us this far," Richard Branson said during a live feed as the VSS Unity spaceship glided back to Spaceport America in New Mexico. (Image: Reuters)

A massive carrier plane made a horizontal take-off from Space Port, New Mexico at around 8:40 am Mountain Time.

Billionaire Richard Branson took off Sunday from a base in New Mexico aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel bound for the edge of space, a voyage he hopes will lift the nascent space tourism industry off the ground.

A massive carrier plane made a horizontal take-off from Space Port, New Mexico at around 8:40 am Mountain Time (1440 GMT) and will ascend for around an hour to an altitude of 50,000 feet (15 kilometers), before dropping the spaceplane beneath it.

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first published:July 11, 2021, 20:14 IST
last updated:July 11, 2021, 21:07 IST