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  • California Feb 22, 2019

    Virgin Galactic Rocket Takes First Test Passenger Into Space

    Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crewmember to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience. The winged spaceship soared at three times the speed of sound to an altitude of 55.8 miles (89.8 kilometers) before gliding to a safe landing...

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Photos: Space Ship Unity Takes Flight Over the Mojave Desert

    An unusual looking plane designed to take tourists to space is being tested in Southern California’s Mojave Desert.

  • director Jul 25, 2018

    Mars Making Closest Approach to Earth in 15 Years

    Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday...

  • director Jul 22, 2018

    Buzz Aldrin Skips Space Center Gala Amid Feud With His Children

    Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday...

  • California May 30, 2018

    2nd Powered Test Flight for Virgin Galactic Spaceship

    Virgin Galactic has conducted the second rocket-powered test flight of its tourism spaceship in the skies over California. The company says VSS Unity fired its rocket motor for 31 seconds and climbed to an altitude of 114,500 feet (34,899 meters) on Tuesday, then glided to a landing at Mojave Air and Space Port. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson was on...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Apr 6, 2018

    Virgin Galactic Spaceship Takes First Powered Flight

    The successful test flight from Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, the VSS Unity, could be the first step for tourists wanting to take a quick trip to space.

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