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In Photos: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity Soars to Space in 4th Powered Test

A Family Affair


Branson was joined at the launch site by his youngest son, Sam.

Taking Flight

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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity, aboard WhiteKnightTwo, heads off from the runway on an attempt to reach space.

In the Air

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Virgin Galactic's paired vehicles set off for a test flight on Dec. 13, 2018. The larger jet releases the spaceship midflight to continue its climb.

After Separation

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Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and its cargo, SpaceShipTwo, as seen shortly after the two vehicles separated midflight.

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The VSS Unity, Virgin Galactic's space plane, reached a new goal Dec. 13, 2018 — the plane reached space for the first time.

Looking Down

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The view from the cockpit during SpaceShipTwo Unity's fourth powered flight.

Earth View From Space

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On Dec. 13, 2018, Virgin Galactic reached the goal of reaching space, as defined by the FCC.

Branded Belly

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity during its return to Earth on Dec. 13, 2018.

Returning to Earth

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity flies back to Earth after reaching an altitude of more than 50 miles during a test flight.

Back to Earth

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Following a successful first flight to space, the SpaceShipTwo Unity touches down on the runway.

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