Virgin Galactic aims to fly its first human mission from Spaceport America in November, and NASA’s sending some science experiments along for the ride



a large airplane flying high up in the air: SpaceShipTwo, or VSS Unity, launches toward the edge of space on December 13, 2018. Virgin Galactic; MarsScientific.com/Trumbull Studios


© Virgin Galactic; MarsScientific.com/Trumbull Studios
SpaceShipTwo, or VSS Unity, launches toward the edge of space on December 13, 2018. Virgin Galactic; MarsScientific.com/Trumbull Studios

  • Virgin Galactic plans to run its first human test flight from Spaceport America between November 19 and 23, according to a company press release. 
  • Assuming the flight is successful, Virgin will be one step closer to flying its billionaire founder, Richard Branson, past the edge of space.
  • Following Branson’s successful flight, the company says it will resume selling tickets aboard its luxe VSS Unity spaceship. 
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Virgin Galactic expects to launch its a human mission from Spaceport America between November 19 and 23, according to a press release issued by the company on Thursday.

The flight wouldn’t be Virgin Galactic’s first with crew: The company has twice launched employees on up-and-down suborbital flights, in December 2018 and in February 2019, from

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