Virgin Galactic unveils commercial spaceship

The Organ Mountains create a picturesque backdrop for Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo vehicle to soar in front of Saturday, June 20, 2009 as the aircraft circles over the Las Cruces International Airport in Las Cruces, N.M. before returning to Mojave, Calif. WhiteKnightTwo was originally scheduled to fly over Southern New Mexico on Friday, June 19, 2009 for the Spaceport America groundbreaking ceremony in Upham, N.M., however due to technical issues it was unable to make the scheduled flight. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando) (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando)

December 7, 2009 11:19:12 AM PST
A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history.