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SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million XPRIZE

SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million XPRIZE

SpaceShipOne crossed the finish line in an 8-year, $10 million space race Monday, winning the Ansari XPRIZE with its second spaceflight in less than a week. Along the way, the world's first privately developed spacecraft also broke a 41-year-old altitude record and created a new astronaut. At its highest point, the rocket plane reached an altitude of 367,442 feet (69.6 miles or 112 kilometers), easily topping the 100-kilometer (62.5-miles) altitude required to win the XPRIZE.

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