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Day October 4, 2004

Congratulations to Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites on the Ansari X Prize

This really is a terrific day. SpaceShipOne flew to 368,000 feet (69.7 miles and 7 miles higher than the requirement) for the second time in five days, winning the Ansari X Prize. This really could mark the beginnings of private space travel — albeit still for the wealthy, and not any time soon as a commodity.

But that shouldn’t detract from the real accomplishment made by Burt Rutan, and pilots Michael Melvill and Brian Binnie. Congratulations!