In 2004, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne took the Ansari X-Prize for being the first private craft to reach space twice within two weeks. Now Rutan's company, Space Composites, has partnered with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to build one of the first commercial spacecraft to carry passengers beyond the earth's atmosphere.
In this clip which aired on Life & Times in 2003, NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye talks to Rutan about the quest.
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