World’s first civilian space shot launches from Mojave Desert: No confirmmation on their altitude yet, but everyone is home safely.
SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill was aiming to fly 62 miles above the Earth’s surface. The exact altitude reached was not immediately confirmed by radar.
The ship touched down at Mojave Airport to applause and cheers at 8:15 a.m. PT, about 90 minutes after it was carried aloft slung under the belly of the jet-powered White Knight.
The mission announcer said the mission had been successful.