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From a very brief trip to Washington, DC, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, now hanging in the entryway of the National Air and Space Museum:


SpaceShipOne, the first privately developed, piloted vehicle to reach space.

What impressed me was how quickly SpaceShipOne made the trip to the Smithsonian. It was just October of last year that it won the Ansari X Prize, and already it's on display.

I'll never get tired of that moment when I first walk into the Air and Space Museum. In that first room, the Milestones of Flight gallery, are the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1, Friendship 7, the Apollo 11 Command Module, the Breitling Orbiter 3 Gondola... it's always wondrous to me that so many world-famous aircraft and spacecraft are on display in a single room.


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