Wednesday, September 29, 2004

NewsClip: Houston, we have competition


"In a frightening mission that could nonetheless herald a new era of space tourism, a privately built, three-person rocket ship flew to space and back today. The craft, SpaceShipOne, made an unscripted series of rolls near the top of its flight. The engine was shut down early. The flight terrified some who watched from the ground and on a live webcast. The pilot seemed unfazed, however. 'That was a really good ride. I feel like I nailed it,' said Mike Melvill after he landed. 'But right up at the top I got a surprise when it really spun up and did a little victory roll.' The event was the first of two flights scheduled to capture the $10 million Ansari X Prize."

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