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Virgin Galactic tourist spaceship breaks sound barrier

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Virgin Galactic's passenger spaceplane, which is designed to take tourists to the edge of space, flew its first rocket-powered test flight, breaking the sound barrier at high altitude. 

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo conducts its first rocket-powered test flight on April 29, 2013. The spacecraft was dropped from its "mothership", WhiteKnightTwo over the Mojave at high altitude before firing its hybrid power motor.

SpaceShipTwo ignited its engine Monday after being released by WhiteKnightTwo, a plane that carried it to 47,000 feet (14,000 meters) above California's Mojave desert, British billionaire Richard Branson's firm said.

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