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'Today,' NBC will air Branson's first commercial space flight

Photo of September 25, 2013 British entrepreneur Richard

Photo of September 25, 2013 British entrepreneur Richard Branson in Virgin Galactic hangar at Air and Space Port Mojave in Mojave, California. NBC announced on Friday, November 8, 2013 it signed an agreement with Branson to televise the first spaceflight. (Foto AP/Reed Saxon) Credit: AP

If you missed the big breakfast show space news this morning... "Today" and NBC have signed an exclusive deal with Richard Branson to air his first commercial sub-orbital space  flight - probably next August.

  Cue the corny jokes! Like: "Gravity" will not on on the in-flight movie menu; or "hope Matt Lauer has shaved by then..."

  From the press release...


NBCUniversal inked an exclusive multi-platform partnership with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, to televise the inaugural commercial space flight of SpaceShipTwo. Next year, Sir Richard and his adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to travel into space on SpaceShipTwo from Virgin Galactic’s terminal at Spaceport America in New Mexico   

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