Virgin Galactic Aircraft Reaches Boundry of Space12/13/2018 Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching the boundry of space for the first time. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles before beginning its gliding descent. It landed on a runway minutes later. Mission official Enrico Palermo said, "We made it to space!" Thursday's supersonic flight takes Virgin Galactic closer to turning the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism into reality.