Learn about the privately funded Spaceship One. You will also see in this video the activities during the National Astronomy Week in Greenwich.
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Learn About Spaceship One Taking off into history, Spaceship One successful attempt to become the first privately funded space vehicle. But what’s the price? Is it the kudos? Is it 10 million dollars? Or is it more? Every other of the 434 people who have gone into space, we’re able to do so because of government paid for the flight. But Spaceship One pilot, Mike Melvill was the first to make space a private domain and he was funding from an information technology impact which made the designers dream possible. It was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who came up with the 20 or do millions to build Burt Rutan’s design, the Spaceship One and the used techniques familiar to every entrepreneur. NASA has a budget of 15 billion dollars a year and spends about 440 million on each spaceship flights . It cost between 20 and 30 million to get Spaceship One into space, a 20th of the price. Cheaper flights mean more flights and the growing possibility that some of the rest of us will get a chance to go. On this historic day, the Spaceship One team gave us a lot to think about. The royal observatory in Greenwich, always popular with visitors to Britain held center stage during national astronomy week. Observatory staff organized events and attractions with something of interest for everyone. They were getting to know astronomy sessions, solar observing and the planetariums simulating night skies but most eyes were set firmly on Mars. Down the hill of the maritime museum, an exhibition links Britain’s Beagle 2 missions to Mars with the voyage of the first beagle, a ship and its famous passenger Charles Darwin. Beagle 2 was set for a Christmas day landing on Mars and like Darwin’s early 19th century voyage, he would then go on to survey and met the unknown and look for forms of life. The earth’s closest encounter with mars for 60,000 years occurred in 2003.Away from the spotlight observatory staff went about achieving one of their main objectives, introducing children and adults to the stars, the planets and the night sky. If the children’s fascination in making star wheels as any measure, interest in astronomy is well and truly alive.