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When does Branson go to space?

The Space Race Is On July 12, 2021Richard Branson Went to Space. The Wall Street JournalRichard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Flight: What You Need to Know

Who flew with Richard Branson?

Two pilots, Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, flew the vehicle. The late physicist Stephen Hawking gave the space plane its name, "VSS Unity." The plane was secured to the bottom of a mothership, a double-fuselage aircraft called "VMS Eve," after Branson's mother. Business InsiderVirgin Galactic just flew billionaire founder Richard Branson and 3 crewmates to the edge of space

Who are the astronauts on Virgin Galactic?

Who were the crew members aboard the flight? The pilots are David Mackay and Michael Masucci. In addition to Mr. Branson, three Virgin Galactic employees joined the flight to evaluate how the experience will be for future paying customers. The New York TimesHighlights From Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Flight

Where is Richard Branson taking off from?

Branson, three crewmates and two pilots launched on the historic flight after being carried into launch position by Virgin Galactic's carrier plane VMS Eve. They will take off from the company's homeport of Spaceport America in New Mexico, with a live webcast chronicling the flight. Space.comVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 launch with Richard Branson. See video and photos of the flight.

Elon Musk is planning to take a trip to space with Virgin Galactic, according to a Sunday report from The Wall Street Journal. The billionaire's decision to brave space follows in the footsteps of Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson, who also have ambitions for space travel. 

It's uncertain where Musk, CEO of both electric-car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, might sit on Virgin Galactic's lengthy waiting list. Tickets for its space trip have sold for $250,000 apiece. 

Virgin Galactic told CNET on Monday that it can't comment on the identities of future astronauts.  

Branson completed a short space flight on his Virgin Galactic space plane on Sunday. The trip, which left from New Mexico's Spaceport America, marked the first time the British billionaire entered space and traveled with a full crew cabin. Branson called the trip an "experience of a lifetime" in a radio transmission sent as the plane returned to Earth. 

Read more: Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson touches edge of space in historic first flight

Before his Sunday flight, Branson acknowledged his friendship with Musk in a tweet, saying it's "great to start the morning with a friend." 

Musk has had his eyes on space for some time now. He plans to send large rockets into space with the goal of eventually getting to Mars, and in the meantime SpaceX has been busy sending resupply missions to the International Space Station and placing satellites in orbit in order to beam broadband signals to Earth.

Bezos, who last week stepped down as CEO of Amazon, plans to ride into space on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on July 20.

Tesla and SpaceX didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for comment. 

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