Virgin Galactic Sends Its First Space Tourism Mission

21 August 23

After years of promises, Virgin Galactic has finally fulfilled its first space tourism mission for tourist.

Virgin Galactic’s mission took off from Spaceport America in New Mexico, with the carrier mothership VMS Eve launching at 08:30 local time. Roughly fifty minutes into the flight, the Unity rocket ship detached from Eve as planned, allowing the passengers to experience around 85 km (280,000 ft) of altitude and zero gravity. After the captivating views of Earth and space, the passengers successfully landed back at Spaceport America, completing the journey within an hour.

Passengers of the trip have purchased their tickets years ago and have been for this trip for quite some time. After finally getting to experience it, as expected, the flight carried significant personal moments for each passenger. One of the passengers was awestruck by the Earth’s views, while another described the flight as completely surreal.

The space tourism venture has been a dream of Virgin Galactic’s founder Sir Richard Branson since 2004. This achievement marks a significant milestone in commercial space travel despite prior challenges and competition from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin. While hailed for advancing science and catering to the wealthy, space tourism has also been criticized for its environmental impact and high cost.

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