Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has made its first powered test flight!Robbie Gonzalez4/29/13 1:39pmFiled to: spacevirgin galacticspaceshiptwowhiteknighttwoscienceengineeringsuborbital spacespace tourismspace porn273EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGood news, spacefans: the image up top is real. Virgin Galactic's rocket plane made history this morning, igniting its engines for the first time and hitting supersonic speeds. The achievement brings would-be passengers one step closer to a trip to the edge of space.Above: The first telescope image of SS2 in supersonic flight | Photo by MarsScientific.com and Clay Center Observatory – Click for Hi-Res"Occasionally you have days that are ridiculously exciting," tweeted Virgin Group founder Richard Branson hours before this morning's trial run. "Today is such a day."For going on two years now, Virgin Galactic has been conducting test flights of its spacecraft by dropping it from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane and having it glide – piloted, but unpowered – back to Earth. (The pair are pictured here, on the runway prior to this morning's flight.) After two dozen flawless – and, at times, gorgeous – test-drops, enthusiasts were becoming more than a little anxious to see what this suborbital space plane could do. This morning, a little before 8:00 am PT, we got our first glimpse of SpaceShipTwo's rocket-propelled abilities.