1 of 11 On Sunday, Burt Rutan (r), designer of SpaceShipOne, and project backer Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft (l), introduced Mike Melvill, the man who would attempt to be the first to pilot a non-governmental craft 100km (62 miles) into space.
2 of 11 Pilot Mike Melvill gives his wife a kiss for luck before climbing into his craft for the historic flight. His lucky mascot was a badge he had made for her when they were 16-years-old.
3 of 11 He gives the thumbs-up before White Knight starts to make its way to the runway.
4 of 11 Before take-off, White Knight had to taxi past the thousands of excited press and spectators who had gathered all weekend at California's Mojave Airport.
5 of 11 White Knight roars down the runway carrying SpaceShipOne, just after 0630 (PDT), 1330 (GMT).
6 of 11 For its record-breaking space flight, SpaceShipOne was carried to 46,000ft (13.8km) by White Knight, then it fired its own rocket and blasted to 100km.
7 of 11 Melvill had to switch to a back-up system after the craft experienced a serious anomaly between its motor igniting and the vehicle reaching its target altitude.
8 of 11 The first non-government funded pilot in space, Melvill, said the view from space was "absolutely mind-blowing".
9 of 11 After a 90-minute flight, SpaceShipOne successfully touched down on the airport's runway at 0815 PDT (1515 GMT) to loud applause.
10 of 11 Burt Rutan was on the run way to celebrate with an extremely happy and relieved Melvill.
11 of 11 The flight marks the start of a new era in space travel, which could open the skies to space tourism.