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Did Branson go to space?

Richard Branson did not go on space flight, said astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium deGrasse in an interview with CNN. “First of all, it was suborbital. NASA did it 60 years ago with Alan Shepard, took off from Cape Canaveral and landed in the ocean. WIONA misleading bike ride video, space vs edge of space questions: Did Branson lie about some aspects of his trip?

Where is Virgin Galactic taking 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.

When did Richard Branson go to space?

(Image: Virgin Galactic via AP) Billionaire Richard Branson flew to the edge of space on July 11 on board the 'Unity' rocket ship his company, Virgin Galactic, had been developing for around two decades. Moneycontrol.comNew Space Race: Did Richard Branson really travel to 'space', and how the flight stacks up against Jeff...

When is Virgin Galactic space flight?

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson (third from right) will launch on the company's first fully crewed flight on July 11, 2021, as part of a six-person mission named "Unity 22." Space.comIn photos: Virgin Galactic's 1st fully crewed spaceflight with billionaire Richard Branson

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The Virgin Galactic founder addressed those who say issues like economic inequality, climate change and the pandemic deserve money from the ultra-wealthy before areas like civilian space travel in an exclusive interview alongside Virgin Galactic government affairs vice president Sirisha Bandla on TODAY Wednesday.

"I 100% agree that people who are in positions of wealth should spend most of their money, 90% or more of their money, trying to tackle these issues, but we should also create new industries that can create 800 engineers, and scientists who can create wonderful things that can make space accessible at a fraction of the environmental cost that it's been in the past," Branson told Hoda Kotb.

He added that the environmental cost of Virgin Galactic sending people into suborbital space is the equivalent of one round trip on a Virgin Atlantic trip from London and back.

Branson, 70, achieved a lifelong dream on Sunday aboard a rocket-powered vehicle developed by Virgin Galactic, when his flight with five other crew members blasted off from the New Mexican desert and reached the edge of space more than 53 miles high.

Branson and Bandla were part of a six-person crew that included pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, Virgin Galactic chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, and lead operations engineer Colin Bennett.

The flight was a dream Bandla didn't think was possible at first, as she tried to go the traditional route to becoming an astronaut but was disqualified because of her poor eyesight.

"I was trying to figure out how I was gonna get there, and around that same time, Richard actually announced that he was creating Virgin Galactic (in 2004), and it was gonna be a space line for everyone and make space accessible for everyone," Bandla said on TODAY. "And I remember thinking, that's how I'm gonna get to space.

"Fast forward to today, I joined Virgin Galactic for this purpose to hopefully open up space for everyone."

Bandla added that another benefit of the Virgin Galactic space travel is the ability to conduct experiments in space during the flight.

"We now have the capability to send researchers up with their experiments," Bandla said. "Typically they would hand an astronaut or NASA or another agency their experiment with instructions, but now they can fly with it.

"So on this last flight, if you look at some of the footage you see me messing with this tube, I'm actually performing a science experiment in space."

Branson also beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos to the edge of space, as Bezos is expected to make a flight from Texas on a rocket designed by his own space company, Blue Origin, on July 20.

"I'm happy that he's gonna have the most unbelievable experience and the team with him," Branson.

Sunday's flight is the first step in Virgin Galactic's hopes to begin commercial spaceflights with private customers next year with a reported cost of about $250,000 per person for a journey to space. The company has already been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly passengers on future commercial flights to suborbital space.

Branson is also trying to open space travel to more than just the wealthy. Virgin Galactic has announced it has partnered with the fundraising platform Omaze to launch a sweepstakes to give away two tickets on a Virgin Galactic spaceflight expected to launch next year.

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