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Inside Virgin Galactic and its California desert launchpad for space tourism

SpaceCon one is the moment for last minute preparations.

Virgin Galactic’s technicians fuss over spaceship Unity inside her vast hangar, tightening insulating panels and topping up the tanks of compressed oxygen that will be used for in-flight navigation. She is already slung beneath White Knight, the four-engine aircraft that in the next few hours will carry her into the sky.

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