(From L to R) Virgin Galactic Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, and Lead Pilot trainer Mike ‘Sooch’ Masucci pose at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 9, 2019. AFP / Ivan Couronne
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Beth Moses was in the cabin of a Virgin Galactic spaceship when it climbed to 90 kilometers above California's Mojave Desert on Feb. 22, crossing the boundary of the atmosphere into space and becoming one of the few non-astronauts to achieve the feat. The Virgin employee, who will now train the company's future space tourists, made the vertical ascent propelled by a rocket at three times the speed of sound.Virgin Galactic is one of two companies, along with Blue Origin owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, that is now hoping to send tourists to space for a few minutes.The whole in-space experience will only last a few minutes (Virgin won't give the exact length until the end of the test flights).
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