Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
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Delos D. Harriman, where are you?

Mike Melvill has just landed successfully, after becoming the first civilian to fly in space on a privately funded, privately constructed spacecraft. SpaceShipOne is the first private manned spacecraft to enter space, 100km above sea level.

It's not what they were after, but Burt and Dick Rutan, the brothers at the core of the project, are in the running for the ten million dollar "X price," to be awarded to the first team that can enter space with a manned vehicle that could hold three people, and then do it again within two weeks with the same spacecraft.
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