Tuesday 5 October 2004

In Other News...

The most important space event since the moon landing : the winning of the X-prize.

I stayed up until 0300 last night in a vain attempt to see TV coverage of it. The Webcast was jammed solid, overloaded here.

We get a different feed here from the US.
CNN - nothing. MSNBC - nada. BBC World - zip. Local Channels - tiddly-squat. Eventually, half an hour after the event, BBC world had a 12-second story on it, with 5 seconds of video showing the landing. The rest were rabbiting on about share prices, company takeovers, fashion accessories, holiday destinations or some such guff.


Oh yes, according to Rand Simberg of Transterrestrial Musings (who knows the pilot), SpaceShipOne broke the 1963 altitude record set by the X-15 . And it's the 47th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik.

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