Virgin Galactic launch: Richard Branson becomes first billionaire in space
The Telegraph says Richard Branson became the first person to go into space in his own ship on Sunday, beating rival billionaire Jeff Bezos by just days in what he called “the dawn of a new space age”.
The British entrepreneur touched down safely in New Mexico after a hair-raising flight with his company Virgin Galactic that briefly took him and three fellow passengers beyond the reach of Earth’s gravity.
The spacecraft, called the VSS Unity, detached from a carrier aeroplane at 50,000 ft and fired a hybrid rocket engine to blast up to 85,000 feet, above what the United States defines as the edge of space.
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