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17 years after founding Virgin Galactic, Branson bound for space

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Spaceport America (United States) (AFP) – He’s always dreamed of it, and in 2004 founded his own company to make it happen.  On Sunday, billionaire Richard Branson will take off from a base in New Mexico aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel bound for the edge of space. The Briton is hoping to finally get the nascent space tourism industry off the ground — but also go one up on Jeff Bezos by winning the race to be the first person to cross the final frontier in a ship built by their own company. The Amazon founder’s great rival, SpaceX boss Elon Musk, announced on Twitter he’d be there to witness i…

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