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Adam King's virtual hug is sent into space with Virgin Galactic

A copy of six-year-old Adam King's virtual hug has been sent into space with Galactic

Adam King’s ‘A Hug for You’ card has soared above the earth in a Virgin Galactic space shuttle.

In a video released by the American spaceflight company, the virtual hug can be seen floating in the spacecraft overlooking the earth.

The Virtual Hug was sent into orbit on a test flight as part of Virgin’s Unity project. The card was used as the zero-gravity test object on the flight to prove the aircraft had indeed reached outer space.

“There's nothing more uplifting than a hug from zero-gravity. @AdamKingIRL, a 6-year-old boy from Ireland, flew a heart-shaped message on our last spaceflight. He dreams of becoming a CAPCOM in Mission Control and has inspired thousands with his story and #AdamsVirtualHug movement.” a post from Virgin Galactic said on Twitter.

Adam’s family confirmed that a virtual hug had been “wrapped around the world”.

“Our family are so grateful to all the team at Virgin Galactic for taking #adamsvirtualhug to space. Adam's Hug is a symbol of love and connection. Thanks to Virgin, a virtual hug has been wrapped around the world! We hope everyone feels it. This is the stuff dreams are made of!”.

Six-year-old fledgling astronaut Adam told Ireland AM that his “hug got sent into space from a rocket”. His father David said the gesture from Virgin Galactic was "beyond words".

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