In the latest space news, Virgin founder Richard Branson finally had his opportunity to go to space onboard his very own Virgin-made spacecraft.
The 12th of July 2021 marked a new milestone in space technology and innovation, as billionaire Richard Branson became the first person ever to go to space in his very own spacecraft.
The Virgin Galactic Mothership, Eve, took off at 8:48am. 45 minutes later, Unity 22 separated from the mothership and blasted off into lower Earth orbit. Onboard was Richard Branson, Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and three company employees, Sirisha Bandla, Colin Bennett and Beth Moses.
Whilst experiencing weightlessness and having a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Earth from space, Richard Branson gave this inspiring message to the younger generation: "I was once a child with a dream looking up to the stars. Now I'm an adult in a spaceship looking down to our beautiful Earth. To the next generation of dreamers: if we can do this, just imagine what you can do".
Shortly after landing, Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic has teamed up with the charity fundraising platform Omaze for a contest, which will put two lucky winners on a spaceflight expected to launch in early 2022.
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