- Richard Branson became the first billionaire to reach the edge of space on Sunday.
- Virgin Galactic’s space plane launched with Branson, three crew members, and two pilots.
- They spent five minutes floating in zero gravity before the space plane descended back to Earth.
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Branson was the mission specialist on the flight, which also took Beth Moses, chief astronaut instructor, Colin Bennett, lead operations engineer, and Sirisha Bandla, vice president of government affairs and research, to the edge of space.
All four were standing in as passengers to test the spaceflight.
Two pilots, Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, flew the space plane, called VVS Unity.
“Now, I’m an adult in a spaceship with lots of other wonderful adults, looking down to our beautiful, beautiful Earth,” he said.
“To the next generation of dreamers, if we can do this, just imagine what you can do,” he added. Branson then unfastened his seatbelt to join the other crew members floating around the spacecraft.