Hosted by Hanneke WeiteringNASA's rocket-powered X-15 experimental plane made its first glide flight. The X-15 rocket plane was part of a series of experimental hypersonic aircrafts. This flight marked the beginning of almost a decade of flight research that explored the altitudes and hypersonic speed at the edge of space. At max speed, the X-15 would fly at Mach 6.7, or 4520 miles per hour! The X-15 program had a total of 12 test pilots, including Neil Armstrong, between 1959 and 1968, making 199 flights in the process. The aircraft flew over a period of almost 10 years and with a max altitude of 67 miles. It was even able to reach the edge of outer space in the 1960s.And that's what happened, Today in Space!
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