Virgin Galactic craft carrying Branson returns to New Mexico after space trip

Source: KVIA 7 News

“The Virgin Glactic Unity 22 craft carrying Richard Branson and crew has touched down at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico after successfully going to the edge of space. The feat vaults the nearly 71-year-old Branson past fellow billionaire and rival Jeff Bezos, who is planning to fly to space in a craft of his own nine days from now. With about 500 people watching, including Branson’s wife, children and grandchildren, a twin-fuselage aircraft with Branson’s space plane attached underneath took off in the first stage of the flight. Aboard were Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company. The space plane then detached from the mother ship at an altitude of about 8 1/2 miles (13 kilometers) and fired its rocket engine in a bid to reach the edge of space at about 55 miles (88 kilometers) up.” (07/11/21)