Photos: Space Ship Unity Takes Flight Over the Mojave Desert

An unusual looking plane designed to take tourists to space is being tested in Southern California's Mojave Desert.

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Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Unity is carried aloft by a plane, then detaches and fires up its rockets for a near-vertical climb to the edge of space.
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Virgin Galactic reaches space for the first time during its 4th powered flight from Mojave, Calif. The aircraft called VSS Unity reached an altitude of 271,268 feet reaching the lower altitudes of space. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
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Richard Branson center celebrates with pilots Rick “CJ” Sturckow, left, and Mark “Forger” Stucky, right, after Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The rocket ship reached an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding descent, said mission official Enrico Palermo. The craft landed on a runway minutes later. (AP Photo/John Antczak)
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VSS Unity is airborne over the Mojave Desert.
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VSS Unity on a second supersonic flight in May 2018.
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VSS Unity takes to the skies for a third powered test flight.
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Virgin Galactic's third powered flight was July 26, 2018.
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VSS Unity lands after the third powered test flight.
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VSS Unity's first powered flight on April 5, 2018.
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VSS Unity's first powered flight on April 5, 2018.
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VSS Unity and VMS Eve prepare for another morning of flying in May 2017. During this test, the feather re-entry system was activated in flight for the first time.
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