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Virgin Galactic's Private Spaceship Offers Enticing Science Opportunities

With all the attention being given to Virgin Galactic's impressive list of future celebritynauts (Ashton! Branson! Beiber!), its spaceship's impressive capabilities for microgravity research have been largely overlooked. Full story

Spaceport gets NM OK for loan for visitor centers

Spaceport America, which was built with nearly quarter of a billion dollars in taxpayer money, is taking out a $21 million loan to build two visitor centers in southern New Mexico. Full story

Justin Bieber Books Spaceflight with Virgin Galactic

Justin Bieber is going to space, and he may even shoot a music video in the final frontier. Full story

Trip to Space With Leonardo DiCaprio Sells at Auction for $1.5 million

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio plans to fly to space on Virgin Galactic's new commercial spaceliner, along with the winning bidder in a charity auction at the Cannes film festival, according to news reports. Full story

Preparing for Its First Space Trip, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Breaks Sound Barrier

With a rocket-powered test flight, the billionaire's space transportation company moves closer to its goal of shuttling tourists into space by 2014. Full story

Space may be next frontier for Stephen Hawking

   Physicist Stephen Hawking confirms his non-stop zest for life and says he's signed up for a ride into suborbital space aboard Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Passes Key Flight Test

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Virgin Galactic Unveils LauncherOne Rocket for Private Satellite Launches

Ashton Kutcher Buys 500th Ticket for Virgin Galactic Spaceship Ride

Virgin Galactic Aims for 1st Rocket-Powered Flight This Year

Bunnies in jetpacks? It's Playboy Club in space!

Virgin Galactic ramps up for spaceship flights

2012 a pivotal year for private spaceflight

Virgin Galactic Picks Air Force Pilot to Fly Private Spaceship

Bransons, space tourists anxious for maiden flight

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  Virgin Galactic prepares private space tours

At the unveiling of Virgin Galactic's space port in New Mexico, Richard Branson talks about the future of space tourism, and predicts that he will eventually open space hotels.

  Virgin Galactic offers rides into space

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, talks about the future of space tourism.

  Branson calls NASA a monopoly

Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson explains to MSNBC's Contessa Brewer how private enterprise will take the reins from NASA in the space race.

  Virgin Atlantic leads space tourism

British entrepreneur Richard Branson discusses his announcement that Virgin American and Virgin Galactic will be the first to land in San Francisco International Airport’s new “Terminal 2.”

  Branson: 12 months away from space tours

Sir Richard Branson says his Virgin Galactic “mothership” is complete and his megabrand will be ready to shuttle tourists into space in the next year.

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