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Observers watch Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo take off for a suborbital test flight of the VSS Unity in Mojave, Calif. The company marked a major milestone Thursday as Unity made it to a peak height of more than 51 miles, meeting the Federal Aviation Administration's definition of spaceflight. Gene Blevins/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wally Funk is one of the Mercury 13, a group of women who trained to be astronauts in the early 1960s. Courtesy of Wally Funk hide caption

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This Pilot Is Headed To Space With Or Without NASA

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A photo released by Virgin Galactic shows a badly injured SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold drifting under his parachute after last October's accident that destroyed the spacecraft during a test flight. Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic hide caption

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SpaceShipTwo 'Pilot Was Thrown From The Vehicle' High In Atmosphere

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The unique folding tail section of the Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo may have been a factor in the crash. Virgin Galactic hide caption

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Even After SpaceShipTwo Crash, Many Space Tourists Hold On To Tickets

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In a photo released by Scaled Composites, Michael Alsbury, who was killed while co-piloting the test flight of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, is shown. Scaled Composites/AP hide caption

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