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Richard Branson ready to go to space this weekend: What you need to know

Picture Courtesy: The New York Times

  • In the early hours on Sunday, July 11th, Richard Branson will make history as the first billionaire to go into space. He will be aboard Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity, a spaceplane made by his company Virgin Galactic.

  • His flight will reach more than 50 miles above the surface of the earth, which by the US government, is considered the boundary of outer space.

  • The event will be live-streamed by Virgin Galactic and will be hosted by the famous host Stephen Colbert. Grammy-nominated singer Khalid will also reportedly debut his new song when Branson lands back on earth. Needless to say, all eyes will be on the event tomorrow.

  • Along with Richard, three other Virgin Galactic employees will be aboard the plane: Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, and Sirisha Bandla.

  • The flight will take off, like a normal pane via a runway, from Hot Springs, New Mexico. VSS Unity will be attached to a mothership which will take it to a height of 50,000 feet. Post which the plane will detach itself from the mothership and swoop into space with a speed greater than sound.

  • On July 20th, another billionaire, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos is also scheduled to make his maiden trip to space onboard a spaceship made by his company Blue Origins.

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