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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

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

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Passes Key Flight Test

The Virgin Galactic suborbital SpaceShipTwo has completed a key flight test at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California — an on-the-fly appraisal that serves as an important precursor to upcoming hot-engine flights using its hybrid rocket motor. Full story

Strap in! What it's like to fly on SpaceShipTwo

While SpaceShipTwo's builder prepares the commercial space plane for its first rocket-powered test flight, Virgin Galactic has been thinking about all the armchair astronauts lining up to finally test their space legs. Full story

Virgin Galactic Unveils LauncherOne Rocket for Private Satellite Launches

FARNBOROUGH, England— Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the private space tourism company Virgin Galactic, unveiled plans today (July 11) to add satellite launches to its list of commercial space services, with the first flights to blast off in 2016. Full story

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo flies over the Mojave Desert shortly before successfully completing a test flight that broke the sound barrier
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo flies over the Mojave Desert in California April 29, 2013 shortly before successfully completing a test flight that broke the sound barrier. Owner Virgin Galactic plans to start flying people aboard SpaceShipTwo as soon as test flights are complete, possibly later this

File photo of entrepreneur Branson waving a model of the LauncherOne cargo spacecraft from a window of an actual size model of SpaceShipTwo on display, after Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne announcement and news conference, at the Farnborough Airshow 2012
File photo of entrepreneur Branson waving a model of the LauncherOne cargo spacecraft from a window of an actual size model of SpaceShipTwo on display, after Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne announcement and news conference, at the Farnborough Airshow 2012

Entrepreneur Richard Branson waves a model of the LauncherOne cargo spacecraft from a window of an actual size model of SpaceShipTwo on display, after Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne announcement and news conference, at the Farnborough Airshow 2012 in southern England in this July 11, 2012 file photo.