search

Virgin’s Richard Branson takes off on journey to space

The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo space plane Unity flies at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico, July 11, 2021,  before traveling to the cosmos. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP)
The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo space plane Unity flies at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico, July 11, 2021, before traveling to the cosmos. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP)

Billionaire Richard Branson takes from a base in New Mexico aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel bound for the edge of space, a voyage he hopes will lift the nascent space tourism industry off the ground.

A massive carrier plane makes a horizontal takeoff from Space Port, New Mexico, at around 8:40 a.m. local time and will ascend for around an hour to an altitude of 50,000 feet (15 kilometers), before dropping the spaceplane beneath it.

comments
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed