If we manage to survive the next few years, this may prove to be the most important news of 2004.
CNN: SpaceShipOne captures X Prize. SpaceShipOne climbed into space for the second time in a week to claim the $10 million Ansari X Prize. X Prize officials said the privately funded craft reached 368,000 feet — well into space — Monday to win the $10 million prize.
A wonderful day for space buffs, and humanity. People will soon leave this planet, to live permanently in space and on other worlds, and this achievement is one huge step along that path. (Image thumbnail by Dexter and Southfield Schools, via CNN) [Dan Gillmor’s eJournal]