SIR Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space launch has won his battle with Elon Musk to become the first billionaire in space.
The rocket ship launched the 70-year-old and his crew from Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert.
Tropical storms had delayed the launch before setting off at around 3.30pm.
Branson – known as ‘Astronaut 001’ – soared into space in his blue spacesuit aboard Virgin Space Ship Unity, a 62ft rocket-powered space plane nestled between the twin hulls of Mother Ship Eve, which propelled them to an altitude of around 55 miles.
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