Midnight In The Desert — Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic tests spaceship over California's Mojave Desert

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Virgin Galactic tests spaceship over California's Mojave Desert

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo flew at supersonic speed over California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, marking the first powered flight for the company since the fatal 2014 crash of its original rocketship. “Back on track ... Space feels tantalisingly close now,” Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson tweeted. VSS Unity’s flight was a “big step forward,” the company said. The craft is reportedly named for Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist who died March 14 after dedicating his life to studying the cosmos. Eventually, Virgin Galactic plans to carry tourists on suborbital hops into the lower reaches of space, where they can see...

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