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  Spacecraft makes historic flight
Updated 21 June 2004, 17.47
SpaceShipOne lands safely in the US
The first-ever space trip not paid for by a country blasted off and landed safely from California on Monday.

SpaceShipOne was being carried to 50,000ft by another plane. Then it fired its own rockets and headed for space - 100km above the Earth.

The flight lasted one hour and 28 minutes. The craft was built by flying expert Burt Rutan and the $20m (11m) bill was paid for by a US billionaire.

Thousands of people went to the desert to see SpaceShipOne make its flight.

Twenty five teams are competing for a $10m (5.5m) reward called the X-Prize to carry out a privately-funded space mission.

SpaceShipOne got a piggy back into the air
SpaceShipOne got a piggy back into the air
Step closer

To win, they must travel the 100km to the boundary of space twice in two weeks.

Some 27 different contestants are all hoping to win the money, but this journey has taken SpaceShipOne team a step closer to beating them!

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