Pilot Mike Melvill waves to the crowd as he just landed with his rocket plane, SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.

SpaceShipOne: World's First Private Manned Mission to Space

SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space.

The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.

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Pilot Mike Melvill waves to the crowd as he just landed with his rocket plane, SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight prepares to land at Mojave airport after it successfully took rocket plane SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 50 thousand feet. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight prepares to land at Mojave airport after it successfully took rocket plane SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 50 thousand feet. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Rocket plane SpaceShipOne lands at Mojave airport after it completed its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight gets ready to take off with SpaceShipOne attached as it begins its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight gets ready to take off with SpaceShipOne attached as it begins its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight gets ready to take off with SpaceShipOne attached as it begins its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight takes off with SpaceShipOne attached as it begins its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight with SpaceShipOne attached during its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight with SpaceShipOne attached during its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight with SpaceShipOne attached during its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight with SpaceShipOne attached during its historic flight viewed from inside another plane. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight with SpaceShipOne attached during its historic flight . SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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SpaceShipOne gliding back to earth after it reached the altitude of 62 miles during its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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SpaceShipOne (L) just released itself from the launch plane WhiteKnight (R) and ignited its rocket  during its historic flight . SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Aerospace legend Burt Rutan (L) and billionaire Paul G. Allen look at SpaceShipOne gliding back to eath after its historic flight into space. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft.  Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Beverly Allgood of Scottsdale, AZ, wears her Space Suit costume as she attends the take off of the White Knight carrier airplane with SpaceShipOne in Mojave, CA. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight gets ready  with SpaceShipOne attached as it will begin its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The launch plane WhiteKnight gets ready  with SpaceShipOne attached as it will begin its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Pilot Mike Melvil crawls out of the cabin of SpaceShipOne upon landing from its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Pilot Mike Melvill (R)is greeted by billionaire Paul G. Allen (L) as he just landed with his rocket plane, SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Pilot Mike Melvill (C) with aerospace legend Burt Rutan (R) and billionaire Paul G. Allen (L) as they wave to the crowd in front of SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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Pilot Mike Melvill waves to the crowd on top of his rocket plane SpaceShipOne after he landed from its historic flight. SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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The rocket plane SpaceShipOne inside Scaled Composites' hangars after it flew its historic flight.SpaceShipOne made history on June 21, 2004, by flying to outer space and  becoming the world's first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space. The flight marked the first time that a non-government spacecraft reached the altitude of 62 miles which is considered the boundary between earth's atmosphere and outer space. The project is the brainchild of aeronautics entrepreneur Burt Rutan and is funded by billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship.
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