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

A Victory Lap

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Mark "Forger" Stucky and Former NASA astronaut Frederick "CJ" Sturckow, Virgin Galactic's first two astronauts, walk across the tarmac to join the Virgin Galactic team, including Richard Branson, to celebrate the successful flight.

The Celebration Begins

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Richard Branson celebrates with pilots Rick "CJ" Sturckow, left, and Mark "Forger" Stucky, right, after their successful flight.

All Smiles


Peter Diamandis, who founded the X Prize Foundation, Branson, and astronaut Anousheh Ansari celebrated the flight as Unity crossed 30,000 feet.

Flight View

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WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo as seen between take-off and separation on Dec. 13, 2018, during the latter's fourth powered test flight.

A Delighted Speaker

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Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, celebrates his company's achievement, looking forward to getting tourists into space soon.

The First of Many

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Richard Branson commemorates the VSS Unity's goal of reaching space with Virgin Galactic's first two astronauts — Mark Stucky on the right, and Frederick Sturckow on the left.

Another Great Surprise

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To make the day even more special, a Virgin Galactic employee proposes, with Richard Branson holding the ring.

Adding to the Joy

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Virgin Galactic's astronauts, Mark Stucky and Frederick Sturckow, celebrate the successful flight and proposal.

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