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NBC, Branson sign space flight deal

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NBC announced Friday it has signed a deal with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to televise the company’s first commercial space flight aboard SpaceShipTwo set to take place from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.

Branson and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to travel into space next year through his company. The launch will be part of a three-hour special “Today” show.

NBC also said its Peacock Productions unit also will offer programming leading up to the flight.

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