October 4, 2004


The X-Prize was a competition to see who could launch a craft into space twice within a week. SpaceShipOne has been the first winner of the competition (it will continue to run annually).

The reason this is so important is because for the first time a small group of individuals has launched a person into space. Being able to send the same craft up twice within a week means this isn't a fluke. Sending a person into space is one of those benchmarks nations use to declare themselves. Like the nuclear testing. This accomplishment opens the door to commercial and individual excursions and possibly exploration of space.

Don't forget to check out the video of the flight at the X-Prize web site.

Posted by josuah at October 4, 2004 7:54 PM UTC+00:00

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