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21 June 2004 @ 12:36 pm
SpaceShipOne is making history - creeping up on private sector space, woohoo!  
MOJAVE, Calif. - A rocket plane soared above Earth's atmosphere today in the first privately financed manned spaceflight, then glided back to Earth for an unpowered landing.

SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill was aiming to fly 62 miles above the Earth's surface. The exact altitude reached was not immediately confirmed by radar.

Full Seattle Times Article

SpaceShipOne is getting closer to winning the Ansari X Prize. This is the first I've seen that Paul Allen partially funded SpaceShipOne, I guess because it's a Seattle news source.
 
 
 
Stray Catocicat on June 21st, 2004 09:42 pm (UTC)
So. Fucking. Cool.

And so about time!
Kburgunder on June 21st, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
-emphatic nod-
Geek God-Kinggeekalpha on June 21st, 2004 10:31 pm (UTC)
!
Vulture: starburstvulture23 on June 21st, 2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
Now they just need to do it again in the next few weeks, and we'll have a winner. :)

NPR (or perhaps it's just the local NPR affiliate) has been talking about SpaceShipOne as if it's entirely Paul Allen's baby, and only mentioning Burt Rutan in passing, for the past month or two. I wish I knew how much of this is local media praising local "hero", and how much is national media focusing on the money rather than the artist/engineering...