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Virgin Glactic Spaceship 2 Unity lifted off from the desert of New Mexico on July 11th, 2021, en route for the so-called edge of space
The International boundary for space is the Kármán line, which is over 62 miles (100km)
The Kármán line is named after Theodore von Kármán (1881–1963), a physicist who was the first person to attempt to define the edge of space
The Kármán line is well above the 53 miles (86 km) that Richard Branson reached. But NASA and the US Air Force award astronaut wings to their pilots who reach 50 miles (80 km)
In fact, the Earth's atmostphere really ends at the edge of the exosphere, at an altitude of about 6000 miles (10 000 km), well above the orbit of a satellite
Virgin Galactic were originally supposed to take 6 passengers and two pilots to over 62 miles but they experienced issues with their propulsion system
Over the past few years, they tinkered with different propellant combinations but they could no go as high as they wanted
Famous astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has said that Branson did not actually travel to space. Tyson further explained that Branson’s travel was actually suborbital
International law does not define the edge of space, or the limit of national airspace. Therefore, the edge of space can change depending on who you ask

Why Richard Branson could not travel to space

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Richard Branson and the rest of the crew of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 Unity travelled to the edge of the stratosphere on July 11th, 2021. That's about 50 miles (80 km) above sea level. How could Richard Branson make it to the edge of space when the Earth's atmosphere extends well above that altitude?

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