Shown just before touchdown at 90 mph, SpaceShipOne returns to the runway on a previous test flight.
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On this date in 2004, the first private manned spaceflight occurred. Scaled Composite’s SpaceShip One, designed by Burt Rutan and flown by self-taught civilian pilot Mike Melville, reached an altitude of 62 miles on its suborbital flight.

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