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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flies through the sky over Mojave Calif. after separating from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane on its first test flight of 2014 on Friday.

The company's spaceship prototype was hooked beneath its wide-span WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane for takeoff from Mojave Air and Space Port at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET).

Virgin Galactic's White Knight 2 with Spaceship Two prepares to take off on a test flight.John Makely / NBC News
Cradled beneath its mothership, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane rises up from its runway.John Makely / NBCNews
SpaceShipTwo after the test flightJohn Makely / NBC News