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photoThe snub-nosed, star-spangled SpaceShipOne took off from Mojave, California today, streaking into space at Mach Three and into the record books.

The half-hour flight took the rocket ship more than 62 miles high to the edge of earth orbit. When it landed, SpaceShipOne came home the winner of the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.

Hear about the very near future of private enterprise in space.

Guests:

Peter Pae, aerospace writer for the Los Angeles Times

Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Atlantic and now, Virgin Galactic;Jeff Johnson, director of aviation at Vulcan Inc.;Greg Klerkx, science journalist, former senior manager of the SETI Institute, and author of "Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age"

Louis Friedman, executive director of The Planetary Society, author of "Starsailing: Solar Sails and Interstellar Travel"

Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation.

This program aired on October 4, 2004.

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