Richard Branson
Richard Branson
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With the historic flight to the edge of space on Sunday, astronaut Richard Branson has opened the doors for all humans to visit space.

Branson on Sunday touched the edge of space with three employees, including one of Indian-origin, and landed safely back to Earth, on board his company Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity. It was the 22nd test flight of VSS Unity and the first test flight with a full crew in the cabin.

It was an "experience of a lifetime", said the 70-year-old billionaire. The flight climbed nearly 86 kilometres above the Earth's surface.

To make "space more accessible to all, he also announced a partnership with Omaze. Donations to the charity Space for Humanity can win two seats on the Virgin Galactic's next flight to space.

"I have dreamt of this moment since I was a kid, but honestly nothing can prepare you for the view of Earth from space," he said in a press conference following the flight. "The whole thing was just magical."

"I was once a child with a dream looking up to the stars. Now I'm an adult in a spaceship looking down to our beautiful Earth. To the next generation of dreamers: if we can do this, just imagine what you can do," he added in a tweet.

People across the globe are inspired by Branson's heroic feat today. Many are taking to social media to appreciate the astronaut.

Have a look.

With inputs from IANS.

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