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