Billionaire Branson touches space in Virgin craft

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British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft VSS Unity reached space on Sunday with the billionaire and a crew of five on board, in another milestone for commercial space travel. After a 90-minute, weather-related delay, the craft took off from a base in New Mexico attached to a carrier aeroplane, before detaching at an altitude of about 15 kilometres. The Unity fired its boosters, shooting almost vertically up to a height of over 80 kilometres above the Earth. The live broadcast event saw the astronauts briefly experience weightlessness before the craft flew back down to …

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