One Flight Closer To Space Tourism

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Virgin Galactic is one flight closer to becoming a commercial "spaceline." The company's passenger spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, completed its first rocket-powered flight Monday morning above the Mojave Desert in California.

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  • NASA Invites Media to Launch of IXPE Mission to Study X-rays in Space
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    10/22/2021 - 7:57 am | View Link
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    10/21/2021 - 9:28 pm | View Link
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    10/21/2021 - 4:19 am | View Link
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    10/22/2021 - 2:02 pm | View Website
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    10/21/2021 - 10:32 pm | View Website
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    10/20/2021 - 6:12 am | View Website
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    10/19/2021 - 5:33 pm | View Website
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