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SpaceShipOne Victorious

Sunrise
At sunrise, SpaceShipOne and its spider-like mother ship aircraft taxi down the runway. (Al Seib / LAT)
Media
Media crews prepare to capture the launch of SpaceShipOne. (Al Seib / LAT)
Cruising
SpaceShipOne and its mother ship cruise down the runway. (Al Seib / LAT)
Airborne
SpaceShipOne is lifted off the runway at the Mojave Airport. (Al Seib / LAT)
Mojave
SpaceShipOne is carried over the Mojave desert before making a break for space. (Al Seib / LAT)
Ascent
Spectators follow SpaceShipOne’s ascent. (Al Seib / LAT)
Separation
SpaceShipOne, right, separates from its launch ship and is thrust toward space. (Al Seib / LAT)
Witnesses
Watching the historic flight are British billionaire Richard Branson, left, aircraft designer Burt Rutan and project financier Paul Allen. (Al Seib / LAT)
David Moore
David Moore of Redondo Beach follows the ascent of SpaceShipOne. (Al Seib / LAT)
Returning
A chase plane follows SpaceShipOne on its return to Earth after a successful 367,442-foot ascent. (Al Seib / LAT)
Touchdown
SpaceShipOne touches down at the Mojave Airport. (Al Seib / LAT)
Celebration
Pilot Brian Binnie waves an American flag after winning the Ansari X Prize competition. (Al Seib / LAT)
Success
Celebrating the second successful space flight are competition creator Peter Diamandis, left, Paul Allen, Burt Rutan, Brian Binnie and Richard Branson. (Al Seib / LAT)
Champagne
Enjoying celebratory champagne are Peter Diamandis, left, Paul Allen, Burt Rutan and Brian Binnie. (Al Seib / LAT)
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