<p>Virgin Galactic isn't quite ready to "beam up" its first space tourists. But the commercial spaceship <a id="pe.:" title="V.S.S. Enterprise has made its first flight" href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/vss-enterprise-makes-its-first-crewed-flight/">V.S.S. <em>Enterprise</em> has made its first crewed flight</a>, soaring over California's Mojave Desert last week.</p><p>During the roughly six-hour test flight, the <em>Enterprise</em> stayed attached to the Virgin Galactic mothership, the craft designed to carry the passenger vehicle toward suborbital heights. But two crew members used the trip to run through a battery of system tests in preparation for future solo flights.</p>

Enterprise's First Crewed Flight

Virgin Galactic isn't quite ready to "beam up" its first space tourists. But the commercial spaceship V.S.S. Enterprise has made its first crewed flight, soaring over California's Mojave Desert last week.

During the roughly six-hour test flight, the Enterprise stayed attached to the Virgin Galactic mothership, the craft designed to carry the passenger vehicle toward suborbital heights. But two crew members used the trip to run through a battery of system tests in preparation for future solo flights.

Photograph courtesy Virgin Galactic

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