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First X-Prize Flight a Success for SpaceShipOne

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First X-Prize Flight a Success for SpaceShipOne

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First X-Prize Flight a Success for SpaceShipOne

First X-Prize Flight a Success for SpaceShipOne

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SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill stands atop his craft after making the first of two planned flights into sub-orbital space. Jason DeFillippo for NPR hide caption

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SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill stands atop his craft after making the first of two planned flights into sub-orbital space.

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Are we witnessing the birth of a commercial space flight industry? Day to Day technology contributor Xeni Jardin reports on Wednesday's launch of SpaceShipOne. The craft is the top competitor in the race for the Ansari X-prize, a global competition to build the first viable commercial spaceship. The winning team is set to receive a $10-million award.