MOJAVE, Calif.— Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space.
The rocket ship reached an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. The craft landed on a runway minutes later.
“We made it to space!” Palermo said.
Thursday’s flight takes Virgin Galactic a big step closer to turning the dream of commercial space tourism into reality.