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SpaceShipTwo Rockets Across Desert Skies During Test Flight

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flies through the sky (above left) over Mojave Calif. after separating from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane on its first test flight of 2014 on Friday.

The company's spaceship prototype was hooked beneath its wide-span WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane for takeoff from Mojave Air and Space Port at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET). Read full story

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Virgin Galactic's White Knight 2 with SpaceshipTwo attached prepares to take off on a test flight.

John Makely / NBC News

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SpaceshipTwo after the test flight