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Virgin Airline Founder Richard Branson Launches Into Space And Returns Safely

After launching into orbit on Sunday, billionaire-philanthropist Sir Richard Branson is feeling giddy about his trip to space.

On a totally unrelated note, I am not jealous.

The so-called Unity 22 mission lifted off from the New Mexico desert about 10:38 a.m. ET attached to its “mothership” aircraft VMS Eve and just after 11 a.m. reached an altitude of 46,000 feet, which is higher than commercial airlines fly.

After landing safely, Branson told onlookers and reporters, “What a day, what a day, what a day, what a day.”

“I think like most kids I have dreamt of this moment since I was a kid, but honestly nothing could prepare you for the view of Earth from space,” Branson remarked.

“I mean, the whole thing, it was just magical, And suddenly you’re looking down and you’re seeing three people looking up at you” Branson added. “I’m just taking it all in. It’s just unreal.”

In addition, Branson also announced that there will be a contest to win two seats on a future spaceflight.

Are you excited about the possibility of going into space in the future?

More at ABCNews.com


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