- Richard Branson is set to travel to the edge of space on Sunday.
- The Virgin Galactic founder will bring an LGBTQ Pride flag with him, he told The Mail on Sunday.
- He’s bringing the flag with him to commemorate the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, he said.
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“Somebody who lost a loved one at the Orlando massacre asked if I would do that,” he told the newspaper. “We also have many, many friends who are gay and I know people who lost friends there.”
The 70-year-old added that he’ll also bring family photos with him. His late mother, Eve, was set to travel with him on the Virgin Galactic spaceflight but died of COVID-19 in January, the newspaper said.
Branson will not be bringing a camera or a notebook, he added. “The last bit of advice I have been given from other astronauts is do not take a camera, do not take notebooks, just look out of the window and look back at this incredible world we live in and take it all in,” he told The Mail on Sunday.
Elon Musk, the CEO of CEO of Tesla and his own space company, SpaceX, has said that he plans to watch the New Mexico launch, Insider’s Victoria Cavaliere reported.