by Cassie McClure, Las Cruces Sun-News
July 24, 2021

Had he just driven 53.5 miles south, he could have ended up at my house. Instead, Richard Branson sped into the sky, keeping a good deal of us in southern New Mexico, and around the world, captive to a livestream from Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic.

I hadn’t planned to tune in that morning. Breakfast at our house, particularly on the weekends, is not a ritual to be tinkered with. However, it’s not sacred enough to not browse social media while drinking coffee, and so I drank and got sucked in by the hype online, starting with a local television livestream. The kids crowded around me to stare into my phone, so we moved into the living room.

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