Winnipegger ready for liftoff


Staff member
By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A British billionaire’s successful trip to the edge of space has left one Winnipegger over the moon about the ticket she purchased to get aboard his rocketship.

“It seems much more feasible now to go up in space,” said Judy Anderson, a self-described amateur astronomer who made a down payment on such a voyage via Virgin Galactic Holding Inc. (SPCE-N) more than 10 years ago.

“It never occurred to me that I would actually go, but it was a dream that I might feel weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth and see the black sky.”

On Sunday, Anderson and her husband sipped tea at home as they excitedly watched Richard Branson take off in a vessel nearly two decades in the making.

The expedition was a reminder of the ticket the couple has been saving up for since they put down $20,000 towards a US$200,000 ticket for a ride in December 2010. Anderson has been the proud owner of Virgin Galactic ticket No. 623 ever since.

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