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Back on July 11th, British billionaire Richard Branson went to space and came back in a passenger test flight that would open the door for normal citizens to have access to space travel in the near future.

The success of the mission which was widely publicized helped cement Virgin Galactic as one of the leading companies in passenger space travel as it plans to commence full-blown commercial space trips for private citizens going forward.

Below are some interesting pictures of the event.

Richard Branson in space
The British billionaire now beats Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to get to the outermost part of the planet.

1. The first billionaire to do so

The British billionaire now beats Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to get to the outermost part of the planet.


Richard Branson flying Virgin Galactic
a promotion picture

2. He was 70

When he went to space along with other employees of Virgin Galactic aboard the Unity space plane.


Richard Branson and other five members on the Unity space plane
Richard Branson and the other five members on the Unity space plane

3. The other crew members

Richard Branson and the other five members on the Unity space plane


Virgin Galactic Makes Space for Second Time in Ten Weeks with Three on Board
Virgin Galactic Makes Space for Second Time in Ten Weeks with Three on Board

4. It was its second mission

Virgin Galactic Makes Space for Second Time in Ten Weeks with Three on Board


The space plane as seen above

5. It required being launched via a carrier

The space plane as seen above


Separation of the VSS Unity spacecraft
The separation of the VSS Unity spacecraft successfully led to the Spaceship with four crew members getting to the Earth’s stratosphere.

6. Then deployed mid-air

The separation of the VSS Unity spacecraft successfully led to the Spaceship with four crew members getting to the Earth’s stratosphere.


The VSS SpaceShipTwo pictured in space

7. Now in space

The VSS SpaceShipTwo pictured in space


Richard Branson boards the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
Picture of Richard Branson

8. Momentary weightlessness

They experienced momentary weightlessness as they passed the earth’s atmosphere and reached the edge of space


The short trip lasted for about 90 minutes before heading back to Earth.

9. They saw the view from above

The short trip lasted for about 90 minutes before heading back to Earth.


Richard Branson in space
The crew

10. A once ina lifetime experience

Richard Branson and other crew members aboard the SpaceShipTwo in Earth’s stratosphere where they experience weightlessness.


Richard Branson boards the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
Entering the VSS SpaceShipTwo

11. Before it began

Entering the VSS SpaceShipTwo


Richard Branson in space
Richard Branson and other crew members aboard the SpaceShipTwo in Earth’s stratosphere where they experience weightlessness.

12. Earth’s stratosphere

Richard Branson and other crew members aboard the SpaceShipTwo in Earth’s stratosphere where they experience weightlessness.