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PWSP2 1.5 : Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rockets to supersonic height as commerical spaceflight takes off

6 May 2013, 01:54 UTC
PWSP2  1.5 : Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo  rockets to supersonic height as commerical spaceflight takes off
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For the more than 500 space tourists who have signed up for a trip on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Monday was a milestone: the day the spaceship that will be carrying them aloft made its first powered flight and broke the sound barrier for its first time.

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“We will be going to space at the end of this year,” Mr. Branson said in a telephone interview after the test flight over Mojave, Calif. Or, he added, possibly in the first quarter of next year. He and his children are to be passengers on that first flight.

FULL : http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/science/space/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-inches-closer-to-space.html?_r=0

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