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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flight starts new space tourism race

Andrew Brown
By Andrew Brown
Updated July 13 2021 - 5:24am, first published July 12 2021 - 6:00pm
Sir Richard Branson flew into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel, a voyage he described as the "experience of a lifetime". Picture: Getty Images

It used to be that the space race was a contest between global superpowers, with the Americans and Soviets competing to be the first to land on the Moon in the 1960s.

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Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Journalist

I've been part of the Canberra Times since 2016, after reporting at local papers in Sydney's north-west. Since starting at the paper I've had stints on the Sunday Times, on the early morning breaking news round, and now as a general reporter, covering the ins and outs of anything and everything happening in Canberra, with a focus on health.

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