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Richard Branson’s daughter beams on Twitter as his space flight nears

She’s still daddy’s little girl – even as her famous pop, Sir Richard Branson, prepares to boldly go where no billionaire has gone before.

“I haven’t left Dad’s side the last few days!” Holly Branson beamed from Earth Saturday on Twitter.

The 39-year-old daughter of the eccentric British entrepreneur glowed with childlike excitement as she anticipated his departure on Sunday’s historic Virgin Galactic flight to suborbital space.

“It’s bringing back so many memories of his ballooning adventures when I would follow him around like a puppy for weeks before a trip! Now I’m doing it all over again.”

Holly is, according to her Twitter account, the “Chief Purpose & Vision Officer” at Virgin, founded by her dad and business partner Nik Powell in 1970.

Holly Branson and father- Richard Branson.
The 39-year-old Holly Branson is excited for her dad’s adventure into space.
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Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew members enter the company's passenger rocket plane.
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew members enter the company’s passenger rocket plane.
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An inside look at Virgin Galactic's spaceship.
An inside look at Virgin Galactic’s spaceship.
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Her Twitter feed serves as a sort of unabashed Richard Branson Fan Page. It includes a recent post of an undated video of her youthful-looking father taking a call with a giant cell phone on what appears to be a 1980s-era TV talk show.

“I’d love to go into space,” he said to the unnamed caller. “When you see those magnificent pictures in space, and these incredible views, I think there’d be nothing nicer. So if you’re building a spacecraft I’d love to come with you on it.”

Holly Branson wrote above the video: “How it started. #Unity22 @virgingalactic”

This image provided by Virgin Galactic shows, from left, Chief Pilot Dave Mackay, Lead Operations Engineer Colin Bennett, Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations Sirisha Bandla and pilot Michael Masucci. Just a week shy of turning 71, the London-born founder of the Virgin Group will become only the second septuagenarian in space.
Virgin Galactic’s crew is set for takeoff on Sunday, July 11, 2021.
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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity, piloted by CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, is released from its mothership, VMS Eve, on the way to its first spaceflight after launch from Spaceport America, New Mexico, U.S.
Virgin Galactic’s historic trip will head into suborbital space.
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The elder Branson is part of the Billionaire Space Race that includes Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in an effort to bring commercial space travel to the public.

Branson will be the first to visit himself, beating Bezos by nine days. The Amazon founder plans to travel aboard his space exploration company Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft on July 20.

Virgin Galactic’s “Unity 22” mission Sunday will be the 22nd flight test for VSS Unity, according to a company statement, but the first to carry a full crew of two pilots and four mission specialists in the cabin.

Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane, the VSS Unity, is seen in its hangar in a still image from undated handout video taken at Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, U.S.
Branson will be in space nine days before Jeff Bezos.
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Richard Branson attends a briefing about Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane.
Richard Branson attends a briefing about Virgin Galactic’s passenger rocket plane.
Virgin Galactic/Handout via Reuters

Sir Richard will “evaluate the private astronaut experience and will undergo the same training, preparation and flight as Virgin Galactic’s future astronaut,” the statement says.

“The Company will use his observations from his flight training and spaceflight experience to enhance the journey for all future astronaut customers.”


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