First-Ever Commercial Space Flight a Success

NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks with NPR's David Kestenbaum, reporting from the Mojave Desert site of the launch of SpaceShipOne, the first commercial space flight. Officials are still checking radar data to confirm the final altitude — but unofficially, SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space Monday morning. The final stage of the flight soared approximately 62 miles high, past the "official" mile marker for the edge of space.

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