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Virgin Galactic completes third successful spaceflight

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Virgin Galactic, one of several companies hoping to take rich tourists to space, completed its third successful test flight Saturday. The company’s space plane, VSS Unity, reached 55.45 miles above Earth’s surface and was piloted by veteran astronauts C.J. Sturckow and Dave Mackay, Virgin Galactic said in a press release. VSS Unity was carried into the atmosphere by a larger craft, called VMS Eve, before detaching and rocketing to space. Saturday’s flight was the first to succeed from Virgin Galactic’s glitzy Spaceport America in New Mexico, about 100 miles north of El Paso in the Chihuahuan D…

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