Monday, June 21, 2004

Space ...

Came across a great quote along with the SpaceShipOne stories. In 1908, less than 10 people knew how to fly (a plane). Now, how many tens of thousands are there? In 2004, perhaps 400 or maybe 500 people have been in space ... who wants to make a bet on how many will have done so 10 years from now, let alone 100? A fantastic achievement. They've gone from a trip to space costing 100s of millions of dollars (pick any currency and add the right number of zeros) to perhaps low 10s (who knows the right number?). In a couple of years maybe it's single digit millions, in 10 years, single digit 100s of 1000s? Exciting stuff. And worth a break from the daily trials of e-government.

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