Happening soon (at 7:30 PST/10:30 EDT): ongoing coverage of Richard Branson’s first historic flight attempt to the edge of outer space.
CBS News will be streaming their own live coverage at the top of this web page (as well as in their CBSN app), but also reports there’s other options:
With typical Branson fanfare, Sunday’s flight will be broadcast live across Virgin Galactic’s social media platforms, featuring appearances by Stephen Colbert and retired Canadian space station astronaut Chris Hadfield, along with the performance of a new song by singer-songwriter Khalid. Even SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to be watching. “Will see you there to wish you the best,” he tweeted Saturday.
And what did Jeff Bezos have to say before Branson launched his history-making flight? “Wishing you and the whole team a successful and safe flight tomorrow. Best of luck!”
Yesterday CBS News offered this description of Branson’s hopes:
Richard Branson, the globe-trotting media mogul and founder of Virgin Galactic, plans to rocket into space Sunday morning on a flight that would make him the first owner of a private space company to launch aboard one of his own spacecraft. If all goes well, he will beat rival Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin, who is set to launch on July 20. Branson, two company pilots and three Virgin Galactic crewmates are launching from Spaceport America, near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, on what’s expected to be at least an hour-long flight, reaching altitudes a little over 50 miles above the Earth. Joining Branson aboard the VSS Unity spaceplane are company pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, operations engineer Colin Bennett and Sirisha Bandla, Virgin’s vice president for government affairs and research operations.