The Wright brothers made history on December 17, 1903. They became the first humans to fly in a powered plane. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history again by being the first human to set foot on the Moon. After that, On June 21, 2014, civilian astronaut Mike Melvill made history as well. He became the first private citizen to pilot a spacecraft into Earth’s orbit. That craft was SpaceShipOne. Can you imagine what it would be like to fly into space?
What is SpaceShipOne?
How High Did it Fly?
- On June 21, 2004, it flew 100 kilometers (62 miles) high, with Mike Melvill as the pilot.
- September 29, 2004, it flew 102 kilometers (64 miles) high, with Mike Melvill as the pilot.
- On October 4, 2004, it flew 112 kilometers (72 miles) high, with Brian Binnie as the pilot.
Winning the X Prize
Other Great Resources
Kiddle Encyclopedia on SpaceShipOne: https://kids.kiddle.co/SpaceShipOne
The First Private Spacecraft: https://www.space.com/16769-spaceshipone-first-private-spacecraft.html
The Smithsonian on SpaceShipOne: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/spaceshipone