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10 years since SpaceShipOne made history

from Toronto Star

On June 21, 2004, Mike Melvill flew an odd-looking craft called SpaceShipOne to the edge of space and successfully returned it to earth. In doing so, Melvill became the first person to pilot a privately-built spaceship — an event that will always stand as an iconic aviation milestone. SpaceShipOne doesn't fly anymore. The unusual-looking aircraft instead has a place of pride at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Hanging from the ceiling with its nose inclined in a permanent climb, its nearest neighbour is the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh flew solo from New York to Paris in 1927. more


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