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Branson sends message from space as space tourism looms


Before he signed the astronaut logbook, Sir Richard said, "The name's Branson. Sir Richard Branson. Astronaut Double-oh one. License to thrill."

 

And to be honest, I’m pretty thrilled. It is 2021 after all and I was expecting cyborgs and flying cars, but I will take space tourism. 

 

Virgin Galactic plans to start taking passengers on board from next year (possibly before our own earthly borders open up).

 

Has the space tourism race begun?

 

While such trips will likely be out of the financial reach of many, we can, in the meantime, live vicariously through Branson. 

 

The 71 year old billionaire spoke of his 15 minute journey into space as “just magical”.

 

 

After detaching from the mothership at an altitude of about 13 kilometres, Branson’s rocket fired its engine to reach the edge of space about 88 kilometres up, the ABC reported. 

 

Once there, the rocket shut down and Branson and five crew from his Virgin Galactic space tourism company experienced a few minutes of near zero gravity.

 

And it was in this state that Branson said:

 

“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.”

 

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Published: 12 July 2021


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