Where does Virgin Galactic take off from?
They will take off from the company's homeport of Spaceport America in New Mexico, with a live webcast chronicling the flight. Here's everything you need to know about the mission, which Virgin Galactic has dubbed Unity 22. Space.comVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 launch with Richard Branson. See video and photos of the flight.
How long is Virgin Galactic flight?
How long will the space plane be up there? The trip will last in total about two and a half hours. However, Branson and his team will only be weightless in space for four to five minutes before the craft tilts and returns to Earth. The GuardianVirgin Galactic flight to the edge of space: your questions answered
How high is Richard Branson going?
Branson's flight today is expected to reach more than 50 miles high, which is the altitude the US government considers the beginning of outer space. Bezos' flight on July 20 will hit more than 62 miles high — also known as the Kármán line — which is the altitude internationally recognized as the boundary. CNNRichard Branson goes to space: Live updates
Why is Branson going to space?
The Branson flight by Virgin Galactic is part of the company's bid to open seats to paying space tourists in the coming months. The 70-year-old Branson founded the company in 2004 and has been wanting to go to space since July 1969, when he saw the Apollo 11 astronauts landing on the moon. Space.comVideo of Richard Branson's desert bike ride was recorded before Unity 22 launch day, Virgin Galactic clarifies
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The U.S. will begin making its first COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa in the coming days, with the ultimate goal of sharing 25 million doses this summer across the continent in partnership with the African Union. The first donated doses will be sent to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Burkina Faso, said State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter, with the U.S. working with the COVAX global vaccine alliance. In all, doses will eventually go to 49 African countries.
Those figures are up from the 336,604,158 doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Friday, out of 389,359,835 doses delivered. The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday.
In the most important games of this NBA season, COVID-19 continues to make its impact felt. The Milwaukee Bucks will be without reserve forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who was placed in the NBA's health and safety protocol before Game 5 of the finals on Saturday. The NBA also announced that Sean Wright wouldn't be able to officiate due to the league’s health and safety protocols.
Milwaukee Bucks reserve forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Greek star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, was placed into Covid-19 safety protocols on Saturday before game five of the NBA Finals.
Remember when Grimes was an alt-pop artist that your parents would certainly not know about? Between her recent Saturday Night Live cameo alongside partner Elon Musk and making headlines for naming her kid X Æ A-Xii, those days are long gone. And if your parents didn’t already know who Grimes was, now they will. She’s going to be a judge on a Fox singing competition, alongside Alanis Morissette, Will.I.Am., and Nick Lachey. Rocsi Diaz is set to host.
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BERKELEY, California (Reuters) -Tesla Inc said on Saturday it has introduced an option for some customers to subscribe to its advanced driver assistance software, dubbed "Full Self-Driving capability", for $199 per month, instead of paying $10,000 upfront. Tesla has previously said its subscription service would generate recurring revenue and expand the customer base for pricy features including lane changing on highways and parking assistance. Tesla's CFO Zachary Kirkhorn said in April that its planned subscription service would generate recurring revenue for the company, although "there could be a period of time in which cash reduces in the near term."
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Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's presidential election, further discrediting former President Donald Trump's claims of a stolen election as his allies continue a disputed ballot review in the state's most populous county. While it's possible more cases could emerge, the numbers illustrate the implausibility of Trump's claims that fraud and irregularities in Arizona cost him the state's electorate votes.
Americans aren't happy about higher inflation and how much it's costing them, but not to worry the Federal Reserve says. Here's why (and why the Fed might be too lax).
Nine days after billionaire Richard Branson made history by becoming the first person to launch himself into space on his own Virgin Galactic plane, fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos is hoping to do the same.
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Richard Branson and Elon Musk—friends, billionaires and new space race pioneers—spend Sunday morning together ahead of Branson's space flight. (Richard Branson/Twitter)
Elon Musk has a ticket to space. But it's not from his own aerospace venture.
The SpaceX CEO and second richest person in the world has purchased a ticket to space—which retails for $250,000— from fellow billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.
Branson made headlines on Sunday, when he became the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket he helped fund, as reported by CNN. His company, Virgin Galactic, is competing with SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to become the first commercial spaceline. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is slated to take a similar flight on July 20.
There is perhaps less collegiality between Branson and Bezos, with Blue Origin pointing out on Twitter that the Virgin Galactic spaceship did not reach the Karman line, 62 miles above sea level, which is the internationally recognized threshold for where space begins. Bezos did however wish Branson "best of luck" on Instagram, ahead of the Virgin Galactic mission.
SpaceX regularly carries astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA and is in the process of building spaceships that can reach Mars. But the company's first private flight—which it has dubbed the world's first all-civilian mission—is scheduled to launch in September.
Although it is scheduled to take place months after those of Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, the SpaceX mission will be a more robust trip, circling the planet for three days rather than only spending a few minutes above the edge of Earth's atmosphere as with Branson and Bezos' flights, as reported by the Verge.
The three flights do have something else in common, however. Each will include a billionaire: Branson, Bezos and—in the case of the SpaceX mission—benefactor and Shift4 Payments founder Jared Isaacman. He will be joined by cancer survivor and physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, geoscientist and communications specialist Dr. Sian Proctor, and Lockheed Martin employee and U.S. Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski, who were chosen via an online competition.
The billionaire space race—in which Branson, Bezos and Musk compete for the nascent space tourism industry and acclaim—has drawn criticism from some, including former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who says its financial extravagance and environmental impact are inexcusable in a time of widening wealth inequality and worsening climate change.
But Musk is a vocal defender, tweeting on Monday that space inspires hope.
Is anyone else alarmed that billionaires are having their own private space race while record-breaking heatwaves are sparking a 'fire-breathing dragon of clouds' and cooking sea creatures to death in their shells?
In addition to commercial space travel and its Starship rideshare-to-Mars program, SpaceX is also developing Starlink, a high-speed, low-latency satellite internet service enabled by a constellation of more than 1,700 low Earth satellites. With plans to open a factory in Austin, Starlink could help serve the world's most remote populations—and bring in revenue to help fund the company's other ventures.
Three Texas House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Washington D.C.
Three of the nearly 60 House Democrats who left the Capitol for Washington, D.C. amid a legislative walkout have tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas House Democratic Caucus announced Saturday.
The lawmakers, who traveled out of state to break quorum on Gov. Greg Abbott's special legislative session, were all fully vaccinated. One is showing symptoms.
One member of the traveling crew tested positive on Friday evening, spurring on a mass rapid test rollout among the remaining lawmakers. Those with COVID will take the more accurate PCR test and will quarantine for 10 days before testing once more, the Austin-American Statesman reported.
The remaining members of the group, who are mostly staying at the same hotel, said they will follow CDC guidance and begin utilizing more masks and other safety precautions, which were used sparingly on the trip before the positive test results. Because all members have been vaccinated, other lawmakers who came into contact with the trio will only isolate if they begin to show symptoms as per CDC protocol, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Chris Turner said in a statement.
The news comes as Travis County once again ramped up risk-based guidelines following a spike in COVID cases and hospitalizations. Austin Public Health officials at least partially blame the spike on the highly-contagious Delta variant which has been found in the county.
While vaccines can help curb complications and positive COVID-19 tests, Turner acknowledged that the tests prove threat of the virus has not been completely erased.
"This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions," Turner said. "We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work."
Back in Texas, Speaker of the House Dade Phelan sent his regards to the Democratic legislators in the following statement:
"Kim and I extend our prayers for safety and health for the members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus who tested positive for COVID-19 while in Washington, D.C. My staff has reached out to Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, and his epidemiology team for any additional guidance on protocols for those exposed to COVID-19 post-vaccination."
New COVID cases have increased in every U.S. state as the variant becomes the dominant strain in the country. Austin was the first Texas metro to raise COVID restrictions since mask mandates were reversed by Gov. Greg Abbott in March, but other U.S. cities including Los Angeles and Las Vegas have done the same.
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