FILE PHOTO: Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity is towed after reaching the edge of space above Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity is towed to the hangar after billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and his crew, reached the edge of space, at Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, July 11, 2021. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A spaceplane from Virgin Galactic reached the edge of space on Thursday carrying a crew of six, making its first spaceflight test in nearly two years as the space tourism firm founded by Richard Branson prepares its long-awaited commercial service.

The company’s VSS Unity spaceplane dropped from its twin-fuselage carrier aircraft around 12:24 p.m. EDT over the desert of New Mexico and blasted off to the edge of space seconds later at roughly three times the speed of sound.

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