She tweeted on Virgin Galactic’s Twitter handle on July 6, “When I heard that I was getting this opportunity, I … was stunned. I believe that is probably right. This is an unprecedented opportunity for people from different backgrounds, geographies, communities to be in space. The primary purpose of Unity 22 is to conduct tests for future passenger flights by Virgin Galactic.
Richard Branson, owner of space tourism company ‘Virgin Galactic’, reached space on his rocket on Sunday in his most thrilling journey. Britain’s Virgin Group founder Branson will turn 71 in a week. He was unlikely to fly until the end of this summer, but after Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos announced on July 20 that he would go into space on his rocket from West Texas, Branson has already decided to go to space. .
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 11, 2021
The spacecraft took off from the southern desert of New Mexico to space. About five hundred people were in the audience, including his wife, son, daughter and grand-daughter. Branson was accompanied by five company employees on board the vehicle. The spacecraft separated from its original plane after reaching an altitude of about 8 miles (13 km) and reached the edge of space at an altitude of about 88 km. On arrival, the crew members felt a state of weightlessness for a few minutes.
Branson had suddenly announced space travel on Twitter recently. His flight is aimed at promoting space tourism, for which more than 600 people are already waiting.
Bandla was born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Let us tell you that Bandla was born in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh while he was brought up in Houston. As an astronaut, his badge number is 004 and his role in flight is to conduct research. The other crew members are two pilots and three others, including billionaire Branson. Branson will turn 71 in a week.
Bandla has become the third woman of Indian origin to go into space. Before him, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams have traveled to space. However, Rakesh Sharma is the only Wing Commander to have traveled to space as an Indian citizen. Sharma, a former IAF pilot, went to space on April 3, 1984, on Soyuz T-11 under the Soviet Intercosmos program.
Bandla moved to the US when she was four years old and graduated in science from Purde University’s School of Aeronautics in 2011. He earned his MBA degree from George Washington University in the year 2015.
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