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2 lucky contest winners can take Virgin Galactic spaceflight in 2022

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson had an out-of-this-world experience over the weekend, and you can join him on the next trip. The founder of Virgin Galactic took off for space in his own rocket Sunday morning. Branson, two pilots and three others took a 2,300 mph ride more than 50 miles up to touch the edge […]

Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

Swashbuckling entrepreneur Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday, beating out fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos. The nearly 71-year-old Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert — enough to experience three to four minutes […]

Raffle contest provides seat on civilian SpaceX flight, benefits St. Jude hospital

SpaceX’s first all-civilian space flight set for late this year will provide an out-of-this-world fundraising opportunity for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which says it expects to generate $200 million for cancer research and other causes. It’s off to a fast start: $1 million in donations in the first day since the flight’s announcement. Jared […]

SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets — this is the future the space agency is striving to shape as it eases out of low-Earth orbit and aims for the moon and […]

Next in space: Future to include more space travel for Americans, astronauts wanted

What’s next in space for the U.S.? Well, it’s been nearly a decade since an American-made spacecraft went into orbit, as the space shuttle program shut down in July 2011. The future will certainly include more space travel, much of it originating in Florida. “We’re actually creating an entirely new process using 3-D printing to build […]