The SpaceShipOne commercial spacecraft just touched down after its second sub-orbital flight to win the ten million dollar Ansari X Prize. While still in its research phase, it’s all the more clear with today’s historic accomplishment that personal space flight has arrived. There is commercial viability and already reservations have been taken to send the general public to a frontier previously realized by governments alone.
To think that someone in my family may be in space without being an astronaut is a tremendously exciting thought. The first image captured here suggests that there is a large number of folks who agree!