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Jumbo jet that could launch rockets lands in Long Beach




A Department of Transportation report shows the Long Beach Airport has the second lowest average domestic airfares in the U.S. at $234. The lowest average fare is $157 at Atlantic City's airport.
A Department of Transportation report shows the Long Beach Airport has the second lowest average domestic airfares in the U.S. at $234. The lowest average fare is $157 at Atlantic City's airport.
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There's a new plane at the Long Beach airport - it is called "Cosmic Girl," and she's getting lots of attention.

The plane is a Boeing 747 that used to fly passengers, but now has a new job working for space company Virgin Orbit. The plane will eventually be used to launch rockets into space. 

Take Two spoke with journalist Tim Fernolz, who writes about space for Quartz and has a book coming out on the commercial space industry. 

"What they've done to it at Virgin Orbit is retrofit it, tear out all of the seats so that they can use it to launch rockets into space."

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