Crowd Cheers as Richard Branson Takes Off for Space

Crowds cheered as billionaire Richard Branson took off on Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed spaceflight on Sunday, July 11.

This video, recorded at Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, shows crew getting airborne on Sunday. After reaching 50,000 feet, the VSS Unity separated from a carrier plane before engaging rockets and continuing to upwards of 282,000 feet. The Unity then descended back to Earth. Credit: @RobiCamacho via Storyful

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