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Billionaire Richard Branson goes on a space trip via Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

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British billionaire Richard Branson flew into space on Sunday aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel, a journey he described as the “experience of a lifetime” which might turn into a lucrative business soon.

The 70-year-old British founder of Virgin Galactic, billionaire Sir Richard Branson, launched into space on Sunday morning aboard a Virgin Galactic flight and returned home safely.

It reached a peak altitude of around 53 miles (85 kilometers) beyond the boundary of space, according to the United States — allowing the passengers to experience weightlessness and admire the Earth’s curvature.

Photo courtesy: Reuters
Photo courtesy: Reuters

Virgin Galactic rocket plane has taken off for a 1.5-hour mission which will see it reach an altitude where the sky turns black.

The mission above New Mexico began shortly after 08:30 EST (15:30 BST).

Earlier, a massive carrier plane took off and ascended to 50,000 feet before dropping VSS Unity to complete the rest of the flight using its rocket-powered engine.

The spaceplane carried two pilots and four passengers, including Branson.

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Branson said that he wanted to evaluate the private astronaut experience before he before allows paying customers aboard next year.

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The ultimate goal is to conduct 400 flights per year.

600 tickets have already been sold to people from 60 different countries — including Hollywood celebrities — for prices ranging from $200,000 to $250,000.

The competition in the space tourism sector has come to head this month.

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Can Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos give Sir Richard Branson a tough time, lets see.

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