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Richard Branson planning trip to space ahead of rival Bezos

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Washington (AFP) – British billionaire Richard Branson one-upped his  rival Jeff Bezos on Thursday, announcing  that he too will travel to space — as many as nine days ahead of the Amazon founder. Branson’s company Virgin Galactic said in a statement that he would be a “mission specialist” aboard the SpaceShipTwo Unity, which will go to space as early as July 11, “pending weather and technical checks.” If the schedule holds, Branson would make it to the cosmos before Bezos, who said he would travel to space aboard the New Shepard launch vehicle belonging to his company Blue Origin on July 20….

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