Virgin Galactic takes off with its first tourists on flight to the edge of space

Virgin Galactic took its first space tourists on a long-delayed rocket ship ride, including a former British Olympian who bought his ticket 18 years ago and a mother-daughter duo from the Caribbean. The rocket-powered plane was carried aloft Thursday morning from Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert. The plane was released about an hour later and fired its rocket to reach the edge of space.

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