On Sunday, billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, was successfully launched into space and back with a small crew on the Unity 22 mission.
Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane SpaceShipTwo flew about 80 kilometres (50 miles) into the upper atmosphere, the U.S. boundary of space, but seeing as there’s no internationally agreed limit for this (the closest thing is the Kármán line, 100 kilometres or 62 miles up, widely regarded as the beginning of space), it’s caused some conversation around whether the mission actually counts as going to space or not.
Late Night’s Seth Meyers sat on the “not” side on Monday, making quips about the Virgin Galactic mission. “Sir Richard Branson yesterday became the first billionaire to travel to space. OK, did he though? I watched that launch and I would not call that space. Space is dark and has stars in it.”