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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The nose of rocket plane SpaceShipOne with its thermal strips that indicates the temperature the ship experienced during its historic flight. Each stripe of different color burns at a certain temperature (300 oF in this case) .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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Inside the cockpit of 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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Inside the cockpit of 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 part under launch plane WhiteKnight that attaches to 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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Public showing their anit-goverment feelings when it comes to space travel. 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 during a press conference in Mojave on June 21, 2004, a few hours after he succesfully flew his rocket plane 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.
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Billionaire Paul Allen, who funded the SpaceShipOne project, during a press conference. 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 .Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship. Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft.
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Billionaire Paul Allen, who funded the SpaceShipOne project, during a press conference. 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 .Pilot Mike Melvill, 63, was at the commands of the space ship. Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft.
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Aeronautics legend Burt Rutan, who created the SpaceShipOne project,  during a press conference.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  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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From Left to right: billionaire Paul G. Allen,  aerospace legend Burt Rutan and Pilot Mike Melvill proudly show their new Guiness World Record certificate during a press conference. . 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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