Watch Virgin Galactic launch Richard Branson to space

Watch Virgin Galactic launch Richard Branson to space

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spaceplane is carried between the two fuselages of its WhiteKnight carrier aircraft during a 2016 test. | Image: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic will launch Richard Branson and three company employees to the edge of space on the morning of Sunday, July 11th. The company is promising quite a show for the mission: Stephen Colbert will host the mission’s livestream, singer-songwriter Khalid will reportedly perform a new single live onstage following the spaceplane’s landing, and Branson has said he’ll “announce something very exciting” after his spaceflight.

The flight marks one of the company’s final test missions before it aims to kick off commercial space tourism business next year. The mission, dubbed Unity 22, will mark Virgin Galactic’s fourth flight to space carrying humans, with its largest crew yet. Four people, including Branson, will test the astronaut…

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