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Civilian Team's Second Space Trip Wins X Prize

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The SpaceShipOne rocket plane, shown beneath its mother ship, is the first private manned craft to reach an altitude of at least 62 miles, considered the edge of space, twice within two weeks. Reuters hide caption

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A privately financed craft succeeds in taking a pilot into space for the second time in less than two weeks. In doing so, SpaceShipOne wins the so-called X-Prize of $10 million for the team funded by Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.