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This Day In History, 2004: SpaceShipOne

One year ago today, pilot Mike Melvill of Tier One made history by piloting SpaceShipOne into outer space, the first privately-funded human spaceflight. A few months later, SpaceShipOne made two more flights into outer space within a fourteen-day period, winning the Ansari X-Prize.
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Wheee!!!

I'm still giddy when I think about that.
Has it been a year already?

Okay, now we need the Ansari Mars Colony Prize.
An Ansari Mars Colony Prize would be a fantastic idea. The only problem is that I doubt it's economically feasible.
Ahhhhh, details, details.

Somehow, I suspect Rutan, Allen, etc., spent more than $10 million on SpaceShipOne.

It's probably more about bragging rights.
Speaking of nifty proof-of-concept flights, you know about the solar sail they're supposed to launch into orbit today from a Russian sub, right?

http://www.planetary.org/solarsail
I had indeed heard, and am following the story with interest...

(Note to self - File it away for next year's This Day in History.)
That was a year ago????
Um, yeah, it was a year ago.
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