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Monday, June 21, 2004

First outer space private travel

The rocket-plane SpaceShipOne reached 100 Km altitude for 3 minutes. The pilot Mike Melvill saw the earth curve and experienced weightlessness. It is the first time a private citizen flights out of space. Pal Allen, Microsoft's co-founder paid the bill of $20 million.

Next goal is to win the $10 million Ansari X award that is a "proof of concept" of space tourism for a couple. See: msnbc story.

Scary moments during the flight: a loud bang and failure of plane stabilization system during supersonic flight. For details, search for SpaceShipOne.


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