First female commercial astronaut gets her wings

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Published on April 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

First female commercial astronaut gets her wings

Virgin Galactic's first test passenger received commercial astronaut wings from the FAA on Tuesday, after flying on the company's rocket plane to evaluate the customer experience in February.

Gavino Garay has more.


First female commercial astronaut gets her wings

Beth Moses made history when she got her astronaut wings on Tuesday.

She's Virgin Galactic's first test passenger -- and the first ever female commercial space astronaut.

Moses received commercial astronaut wings from the FAA, after a wild ride to space on the company's rocket plane in February to experience zero gravity.

She says the flight opened a window into the world she hopes future space tourists will experience.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRGIN GALACTIC CHIEF ASTRONAUT INSTRUCTOR, BETH MOSES, SAYING: "Some people feel a connection with a childhood dream or the universe at large, sort of a combination of feeling small and yet connected at the same time.

Some people, especially though who have the weightlessness experience kind of want a zen, private moment to just be and everyone wants the magic view." The February test flight nudged Richard Branson's space travel company closer to delivering suborbital flights for the more than 600 people who have paid big money to fly on Virgin Galactic.

He's in a commercial space tourism race, against Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Some of the first passengers listed to experience a few minutes of weightlessness at a cost of $250,000 include celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and pop star Justin Bieber... but for now, the spotlight is on Beth Moses.

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