SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Virgin Galactic Debut and More

 SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Virgin Galactic Debut and More
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December 7, 2009--Aspiring space tourists got a first look at their future ride late Monday, when Virgin Galactic unveiled the first of its long-awaited SpaceShipTwo planespictured in a hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California Monday with wings folded upward, suspended from the middle of its twin-fuselage launch vehicle.

The craft, dubbed the V.S.S. Enterprise, is intended to provide space tourists with two-and-a-half-hour flights into suborbital space, where they'll experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Read full story.)
— Photograph courtesy Mark Greenberg, Virgin Galactic
 
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