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Look up! – When you can see the rare full ‘blue moon’

CNN — This weekend is your next chance to gaze at the rare full blue moon before it disappears until 2024. A blue moon is the third full moon in a season containing four full moons instead of the usual three, according to Sky & Telescope magazine. The lunar phenomenon has been a cultural inspiration for music, art, and language — such as the hit song “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again“, recorded by multiple artists including Elvis Presley, as well as the saying “once in a blue moon” to describe a rare event. Sources differ on how long the phrase...

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Virgin Galactic lands safely after space launch with billionaire founder on board

(CNN) — Richard Branson boldly went where no space baron has gone before on Sunday, when he stepped onto the supersonic space plane from his rocket venture, Virgin Galactic. Branson’s brief joy ride was more than two decades in the making. He founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 with the goal of creating a winged spacecraft capable of taking up to eight people, including two pilots and six passengers, on rocket-powered flights that reach more than 50 miles above Earth, which the US government considers the boundary marking outer space. Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity, as the spaceplane...

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Virgin Galactic to conduct plant experiment during spaceflight

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– Virgin Galactic plans to attempt its first full crew spaceflight. The crew will have NASA-supported technology along for the ride. The vice president of government affairs and research operations at Virgin Galactic, Sirisha Bandla, will conduct an experiment on the flight. According to a release from NASA, Bandla will activate three plant-filled tubes to release a preservative during specific stages of the flight; before the rocket boost, before entering microgravity, and after leaving microgravity. The flight will be called “Unity 22”. More information on the experiment...

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British billionaire plans to beat Bezos to space

British billionaire Richard Branson plans to beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos to space. Virgin Galactic, Branson’s company, made the announcement on Thursday that Branson will attempt to fly in Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered plane on July 11 — nine days before Bezos’ planned July 20 launch, reported CNN. The announcement puts Branson, rather than Bezos, in position to become the first billionaire to travel to space aboard a spacecraft he helped fund. Virgin Galactic had planned to start flying customers years ago, but its development program was set back by several...

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