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Virgin Galactic reaches 89.9km altitude

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One of Virgin Galactic’s aircraft (SpaceShipTwo) has reached an astonishing height of 89.918km or 295,007ft, on their mission to make commercial space travel a reality.

It seems as though Virgin Galactic is making this less of a dream and more of a reality, although only on a small scale already after carrying their first non-pilot passenger Beth Moses, although only one person has done this so far I believe this will take off, Quite literally as more aircraft are built prices will decrease to meet demand. Space tourism will become less of a millionaires playground and more of a holiday maker’s resort sooner than you may think.

This space flight means Chief Pilot Dave Mackay and co-pilot Michael “Sooch” Masucci become commercial astronauts and the 569th and 570th humans in space. Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s Chief Astronaut Instructor, flew as the third crew member in a first, live evaluation of cabin dynamics. She is the 571st person to fly to space and the first woman to fly on board a commercial spaceship.

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Adam Aiston

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