Photos of SpaceShipTwo’s Glide Flight

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Coming out of the sun, SpaceShipTwo glides to a landing trailed by its chase plane, upper left,  and WhiteKnightTwo, barely visible at lower right. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Coming out of the sun, SpaceShipTwo glides to a landing trailed by its chase plane, left, and WhiteKnightTwo, barely visible at lower right. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Here are some photos from SpaceShipTwo’s glide test on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pre-flight checks are made on WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. In the background are a 747-422 dwarfed by the Stratolaunch hanger. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

Pre-flight checks are made on WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. In the background are a 747-422 dwarfed by the Stratolaunch hanger. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo glides toward a landing with its chase plane close behind at lower right. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo glides toward a landing with its chase plane close behind at lower right. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo on final approach. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo on final approach. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo, ready for its closeup. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo with its shiny new tail coating. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo lining up with the runway. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo lining up with the runway. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

WhiteKnightTwo flies over a group of spectators watching SpaceShipTwo land. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

WhiteKnightTwo flies over a group of spectators watching SpaceShipTwo land. (Credit: Douglas Messier)