SpaceShipOne Soars Out of Earth's Atmosphere

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

hide captionSpaceShipOne, attached to the plane WhiteKnight, during its June 21, 2004 launch.

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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.

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