Richard Branson has achieved his dream of going to space

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Space Virgin: Branson goes where no civilian flight has gone before [watch]

Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson has become the first person to reach space using his own space craft, the Virgin Galactic.

Richard Branson has achieved his dream of going to space

Image via Twitter @RichardBranson/Twitter

Richard Branson has reached an amazing milestone after he successfully took to space in his very own space craft, the Virgin Galactic.

The billionaire not only became the first person in the world to achieve the feat using his own vessel, but he is also the second oldest person to have entered space at the ripe age of 70.

Branson beats Bezos

While it may seem that entering space at the age of 70 in a vessel of your own may be enough of a reward, we suspect Mr Branson is extra happy over the fact that he was able to make his dream a reality a whole nine days earlier than fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos who is also planning on taking his own vessel into the great unknown.

The event was live-streamed in a presentation hosted by late-night television comedian Stephen Colbert:

Jeff Bezos congratulates Richard Branson

Just to show there are no hard feelings between the two of them, Bezos did go ahead and congratulate Branson on the profound achievement. While adding just how excited he is to eventually take to the place beyond the skies.

“Can’t wait to join the club,” he wrote, according to an article by 2oceansvibe.

Despite the congratulatory message, many have deduced that Bezos is not as happy for Branson as he is pretending to be and this can be proven in a series of tweets made by Bezos space company Blue Origin about the fact that Branson’s rocket flew only 80 kilometers above the New Mexico desert which is not considered “a true flight experience.”

“New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name,” Blue Origin said in a series of Twitter posts on Friday reports Reuters.

Nasa, Musk gives Branson a thumbs-up

Despite being shaded by Bezos, Nasa has given Branson’s space adventure a thumbs-up and declared that 80km into the sky is enough to be considered a successful space venture.

Meanwhile, another space fanatic and billionaire Elon Musk was there to witness the entire thing and according to Reuters, also offered his congratulatory messages.

They also reported that Branson and his crew of five spent a total of an hour in space before successfully coming back down to Earth.

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