Raw video: Privately financed spaceship makes 1st powered flight

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SpaceShipTwo, a spaceship bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson, makes its first powered flight Monday, April 29, 2013, over California's Mojave Desert in a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year. (Photo from video provided by Virgin Galactic)

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MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A spaceship bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson made its first powered flight Monday in a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year.

While SpaceShipTwo did not break out of the atmosphere during the test flight, it marked a significant milestone for Virgin Galactic, which intends to take passengers on suborbital joyrides.

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