Photo Essay: SpaceShipTwo’s First Glide Flight

VSS Enterprise on its first test flight. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)

WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo prepped before the first drop test. (Credit: Mark Greenberg)
Richard Branson and Burt Rutan watch from the ground. (Credit: Bill Deaver)
VSS Enterprise drops from WhiteKnightTwo. (Credit: Clay Observatory)
SpaceShipTwo glides downward. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)
Gear down. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)
Touchdown. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)

Pilots Peter Seibold and Mike Melvill accept congratulations after the flight. (Photo: Mike Greenberg)
Designer Burt Rutan and Sir Richard Branson stand behind SpaceShipTwo as the WhiteKnigtTwo mothership flies ovehead. (Credit: Mike Mills)
A happy day indeed for Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic. (Photo: Mark Greenberg)