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Virgin Galactic Achieves Milestone: Tourists Touch Space’s Edge

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Battling through time’s clutches, Virgin Galactic’s dream-weavers have hurled the mundane aside. A cosmic overture unfurls as Olympian Jon Goodwin and Antigua’s celestial duo, Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers, script history. Defying delays, they beckon us to the brink of space’s embrace. A saga of stars, finally unsealed.

Galactic 02: A Journey Beyond Earth's Boundaries

The historic Galactic 02 flight, only the second commercial flight conducted by Virgin Galactic, stands as a landmark achievement. Differing from previous missions, this flight welcomed members of the general public who weren’t involved in specific tasks. The momentous journey commenced as the spaceplane, known as Unity, was carried by the mothership VSS Eve, taking off from Spaceport America in New Mexico at 8:30 am MDT.

A Record-Breaking Voyage

As Unity soared to an altitude of 44,300 feet (13,500 meters), it was gracefully released from VSS Eve and initiated its hybrid rocket motor, propelling the craft to an astonishing Mach 3 speed in a mere eight and a half seconds. Reaching a maximum altitude of 55 miles (88.5 km), Unity then elegantly reentered the Earth’s atmosphere before safely touching down at 9:30 am MDT.

Unveiling New Horizons: Achieving Multiple Milestones

Virgin Galactic’s accomplishment ushers in a groundbreaking space tourism era, while smashing records: Caribbean’s first female astronauts, pioneering mother-daughter duo, most women on a single mission, youngest spacefarer, premier Olympian in orbit, historic majority-female flight, sixth and seventh Black women in space, second Parkinson’s traveler, and third oldest person to explore beyond Earth.

Looking Ahead: The Path Forward

Marking a bold leap into the future, Virgin Galactic readies for September’s flight, hinting at a pioneering monthly service, transforming space travel into reality. Commander CJ Sturckow’s words resonate, “Spaceflight’s magic never fades.” Galactic 02’s triumph reaffirms Virgin Galactic’s pledge to inclusivity. This achievement not only breaks barriers but lays the foundation for humanity’s extraordinary journey beyond Earth’s horizons.

Dive into the journey with the captivating video below, offering an exhilarating recap of the remarkable flight.

 

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