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SpaceShipOne Soars Out of Earth's Atmosphere

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SpaceShipOne Soars Out of Earth's Atmosphere

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SpaceShipOne, attached to the plane WhiteKnight, during its June 21, 2004 launch. Reuters hide caption

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SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The craft took off from the Mojave Desert Monday morning, carrying one civilian test pilot. The spaceship appears to have soared 62 miles high — past the official mile marker for the lower edge of space —though the exact altitude has yet to be confirmed. Hear NPR's David Kestenbaum.