On board, his Virgin Galactic rocket plane, billionaire Sir Richard Branson has successfully reached the edge of space. In the plane that Virgin Galactic has been developing for 17 years, the UK entrepreneur climbed high above New Mexico in the United States.

Richard Branson Virgin Galactic
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He described the journey as an “experience of a lifetime”.

Just over an hour after leaving the ground, he returned safely to Earth.

“I have dreamt of this moment since I was a kid, but honestly nothing can prepare you for the view of Earth from space,”

He mentioned it after the flight in a press conference. “The whole thing was just magical.”

Sir Richard’s rocket plane, Unity, achieved an altitude of 85 kilometers (282,000 ft; 53 miles).

The businessman was accompanied on the voyage by Sirisha Bandla and three Galactic employees.

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