Worldwise: Business Mogul and Soon-To-Be Spaceman Richard Branson’s Favorite Things

In recent years,
Branson’s gaze has increasingly been focused upwards. On July 11, a week before his 71st birthday, the British business mogul will join five others on a test flight to the edge of space, as his company Virgin Galactic competes to be the first commercial spacecraft service.

“I’ve dreamed of going to space my whole life, and am excited about turning that dream into reality,” says Branson, who in May joined his Virgin Galactic team in New Mexico to watch another successful human spaceflight, when the VSS Unity reached a speed of
3 and an altitude of 55.45 miles.

Departing from Spaceport America near the town of Truth or Consequences, N.M., Sunday’s launch of the VSS Unity will mark the space tourism company’s fourth crewed test mission beyond Earth’s atmosphere, and the first to carry a full complement of space travelers. Branson will be joined by two pilots and three mission…

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