Private Enterprise In Space

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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.


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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