Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Earth's Newest Astronaut

Civilian test-pilot Michael Melvill made history today as the world's first privately funded astronaut. Melvill piloted the Burt Rutan designed SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 62.2 miles officially crossing the border into space. His sub-orbital flight is certainly a significant achievement in opening up public access to space. Within the next 50 years, adventurers will surely be traveling to the moon and back in much the same way today's thrill-seekers risk their lives on the summit of Everest.