Richard Branson Has Completed A Historic Trip To The Edge Of Space On Virgin Galactic | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Richard Branson Has Completed A Historic Trip To The Edge Of Space On Virgin Galactic

Sir Richard Branson and a crew of three others grazed the edge of space on Sunday in a rocket built by the British billionaire's company, Virgin Galactic.

Lifting off from Spaceport America in Las Cruces, N.M., — a commercial space flight center owned and operated by the state of New Mexico about 180 miles south of Albuquerque —Branson was among three other "mission specialists" who reached speeds three times the speed of sound.

The spacecraft, which was attached to a larger plane, taxied across a runway at Spaceport America before lifting off at about 8:40 local time.

As the mothership — manned by two pilots — approached more than 46,000 feet above the earth's surface, Virgin Galactic live streamed a video of vignettes about the vessel, interviews with NASA astronauts and other material hosted by late night comedian Stephen Colbert.

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