"The first non-governmental rocket ship has successfully flown to the edge of space, piloted to a safe landing on a desert airport runway here.
Civilian test pilot, now turned astronaut, Mike Melvill, brought SpaceShipOne down to a Mojave Airport tarmac after flying some 100 kilometers (62 miles) in altitude, leaving the Earth’s atmosphere during his history-making sub-orbital space ride.
SpaceShipOne's pioneering flight lasted some 25 minutes after being released from the White Knight carrier craft. The jet-powered aircraft took SpaceShipOne to 47,000 feet, taking roughly an hour to reach that altitude."
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