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Photos: Virgin Galactic's 1st SpaceShipTwo Powered Flight Test

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo First Supersonic Test Flight

Kenneth Brown/Aerospace Photography

Virgin Galactic conducted a historic first supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013, in the Mojave Desert, CA. [See full story.]

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo First Supersonic Test Flight

Kenneth Brown/Aerospace Photography

Virgin Galactic conducted a historic first supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013, in the Mojave Desert, CA. [See full story.]

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo First Supersonic Test Flight

Kenneth Brown/Aerospace Photography

Virgin Galactic conducted a historic first supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013, in the Mojave Desert, CA. [See full story.]

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo First Supersonic Test Flight

Kenneth Brown/Aerospace Photography

Virgin Galactic conducted a historic first supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013, in the Mojave Desert, CA. [See full story.]

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo First Supersonic Test Flight

Kenneth Brown/Aerospace Photography

Virgin Galactic conducted a historic first supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013, in the Mojave Desert, CA. [See full story.]

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo First Supersonic Test Flight

Kenneth Brown/Aerospace Photography

Virgin Galactic conducted a historic first supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29, 2013, in the Mojave Desert, CA. [See full story.]

SpaceShipTwo Readied for Test Flight

Virgin Galactic

Founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson posted a photo of the SpaceShipTwo first supersonic test flight in the Mojave desert on April 29, 2013. He wrote: "This is a momentous day and the single most important flight test to date for our Virgin Galactic program. What a feeling to be on the ground with all the team in Mojave to witness Virgin Galactic go faster than the speed of sound." [See full story.]

Virgin Galactic Test Flight, April 29, 2013

Virgin Galactic (via Twitter as @virgingalactic)

Founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson posted a photo of the SpaceShipTwo first supersonic test flight in the Mojave desert on April 29, 2013. He wrote: "This is a momentous day and the single most important flight test to date for our Virgin Galactic program. What a feeling to be on the ground with all the team in Mojave to witness Virgin Galactic go faster than the speed of sound." [See full story.]

SpaceShipTwo Hybrid Rocket Motor

Virgin Galactic

Founder of Virgin Group Richard Branson posted a photo of the SpaceShipTwo first supersonic test flight in the Mojave desert on April 29, 2013. He wrote: "This is a momentous day and the single most important flight test to date for our Virgin Galactic program. What a feeling to be on the ground with all the team in Mojave to witness Virgin Galactic go faster than the speed of sound." [See full story.]

How Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Passenger Space Plane Works (Infographic)

Karl Tate, SPACE.com contributor

SpaceShipTwo will carry six passengers up past 328,000 feet altitude (100 kilometers), the point where astronaut wings are awarded. See the full infographic here.

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