Watch SpaceX Launch Live: News Updates


One hour until liftoff. Countdown continues to proceed smoothly. Weather looks really good. There are hardly any clouds in the sky.

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The SpaceShipTwo space plane built by Virgin Galactic (Richard Branson’s company) and the New Shepard spacecraft built by Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos’ company) make suborbital flights. Mr. Branson traveled above 53 miles, passing the 50-mile-high threshold that the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration consider the edge of space. Mr. Bezos went a bit higher, to 66 miles, above the 62-mile-high altitude regarded as the edge of space by the International Federation of Astronautics.

Once the craft reached the…

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