Virgin Galactic’s historic space launch

The company of billionaire Richard Branson opens the era of tourism in space a few days before that of Jeff Bezos, who did not take it well

On Sunday afternoon Italian time, the flight of the Virgin Galactic space plane is scheduled to begin, the space company of the British billionaire Richard Branson who will be aboard the aircraft for the first time. The flight of the VSS Unity – this is the name of the space plane – with Branson on board will exceed 80 kilometers of altitude, a threshold beyond which, according to some internationals, space begins and anticipates a similar flight of the Blue Origin space company by a few days. , scheduled for July 20, which will host billionaire and founder Jeff Bezos.

Branson, in short, will go to space before Bezos, and even if that of Virgin Galactic is still official for an experimental flight, with a group composed exclusively of company employees, for many it will be a fundamental moment in the field of space travel for private citizens.

The goal of both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin is to shortly begin inaugurating suborbital flights for private and wealthy passengers who intend to pay large sums per course for a few minutes for weightlessness during a space travel. The two companies, both led by famous and exuberant billionaires, however, responded two very different ways to get into space.

The flight of the VSS Unity spacecraft will depart from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America, located in New Mexico, United States. It will also be a remarkable event from a media point of view: it will be streamed and presented by Stephen Colbert, the famous American comic and television presenter. Singer Khalid is expected to give a performance, and billionaire Elon Musk, founder of the space company SpaceX, has hinted that he may be present.

Argentina wins the Copa America after 28 years of waiting: Brazil beaten 1-0 at the ‘Maracana’

Argentina won the Copa America after 28 years of waiting. The Albiceleste coached by Scaloni triumphs 1-0 at the ‘Maracana’ against Brazil thanks to a goal from Di Maria on an assist from Rodrigo De Paul. A success expected by an entire country that raises its head after the tragic death of Diego Armando Maradona which took place only eight months ago. In the match between Messi and Neymar, the soft touch in the lob of the PSG playmaker who beats Ederson on 22 minutes. It is the network that decides the match. Few opportunities in the second half with a Selecao unable to react and the Albiceleste who always proved to be very solid in defense.

But it is above all the victory of Lionel Messi who at 34 and after having won everything with the Barcelona shirt, wins his first overall title with Argentina. The ‘Pulce’ did not particularly shine in this Copa America final but had in the last minutes the great opportunity to be able to close the race and put the seal on the game. Messi won it against his friend Neymar in a match between two great champions. Before this success, Argentina had lost four out of four finals: three of Copa America: 2007, 2015 and 2016. And one at the World Cup, right at Maracana, against Germany in 2014.
Neymar blocked by the defensive wall of the Argentines

The match was balanced until the goal of Argentina’s advantage arrived at 22 ‘of the first half thanks to the delicious lob of Di Maria on an assist from De Paul. Brazil tries to shake itself as it can by holding on to the magic of its champion: Neymar. But the PSG phenomenon was trapped in the wall erected by Scaloni’s defense with Otamendi who managed to close all kinds of spaces to the opponents. Selecao had also managed to find the equalizer with Richarlison but the young Everton striker was then stopped by the referee for offside. The pace of the match does not change and Argentina thus finds themselves alone having to defend the advantage to take the game home.

Tite tries it by playing a final match with five strikers, but the only one to really try is Gabigol who, however, also in this case you have to clash with Otamendi and with the Albiceleste goalkeeper, Emiliano Martínez who, after the penalties saved against Colombia, it is decisive again. Messi fails the knockout blow after a perfect suggestion from De Paul finding himself in front of Ederson all alone before losing control of the ball being anticipated by the Brazilian goalkeeper. It matters little. At the triple whistle Rosario’s el diez can finally celebrate the victory of his first title with his senior national team that is now heading straight towards next year’s World Cup in Qatar.