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Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Soars to Edge of Space

A tourism spaceship soared to the edge of space Thursday, the first U.S. commercial flight to achieve the feat since the U.S. shuttle program ended in 2011. The Virgin Galactic rocket plane, developed by British billionaire Richard Branson, climbed more than 80 kilometers above Earth, which the company considers the boundary of space. The test flight signals a new age of civilian space travel, with Virgin Galactic competing with other ventures such as founder Jeff...

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