Richard Branson’s space flight a great milestone


NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Monday commended Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson after he traveled to the edge of space as a passenger on his company’s VSS Unity spacecraft.

“We put up Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom into suborbit 60 years ago, and now we’ve come to this, and I think it’s great,” Nelson, who went to space in the 1980s, said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Branson’s flight was a milestone nearly two decades in the making after the billionaire businessman started his space tourism firm in 2004. VSS Unity on Sunday reached reached an altitude of 86.1 kilometers, which is equivalent to 53.5 miles or about 282,000 feet. It took off from Spaceport America in New…


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