Space Cadets Win Big!
But what a band of believers. Created by record-breaking aviation designer Burt Rutan and financed with more than $20 million from Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen (who will split the prize), SpaceShipOne will eventually land at the Smithsonian, but not before spawning a fleet of proposed craft designed to carry tourists into space that Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson hopes to have ready for takeoff in 2007. The projected cost of a ticket to gravity-free, utterly silent space: 8190,000, not including meals. "People will be more interested in looking out the window," says Branson. Binnie concurs: "The view is spectacular."
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