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Jul 8, 2021

Virgin Galactic: Richard Branson flight reveals a heated space travel debate

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On July 1, the company announced that it would host its first fully-crewed spaceflight no earlier than Sunday, July 11. The ship will carry two pilots and four mission specialists, most notably company founder Richard Branson.

It’s the company’s 22nd flight with the VSS Unity ship and the fourth crewed space mission. But it’s that “space” clarifier that’s sparked debate — Virgin Galactic’s flights reach an altitude of just over 55 miles, but some organizations claim the boundary of space is actually 62 miles high.

As competitor Blue Origin prepares to launch its own crewed flight later this month, moving past the 62-mile limit, it’s a debate that could dictate who gets bragging rights.

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