How SpaceShipOne Fueled the Dream of Space Tourism

SpaceShipOne signaled the beginning of a new age of spaceflight. The privately built and piloted craft reached space and returned safely to Earth in 2004. The successful flight marked a major milestone toward the future of commercial spaceflight. Despite the success of SpaceShipOne and other private ventures, spaceflight continues to be a logistical and monetary challenge. 

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