Remind me why we need NASA?
Chalk up another booming flight of the privately backed SpaceShipOne, the piloted rocket plane designed to soar to the edge of space and glide to a runway landing.
SpaceShipOne looks like it will be the first privately funded spaceship. It is competing to win a $10 million prize offerred by the X Prize Foundation of St. Louis, but in order to win it, they have to
launch a vehicle capable of carrying three people to a height of 62.5 miles (100 kilometers), then return safely to Earth, and repeat the flight with the same vehicle within two weeks.Tell people about this when they say we could never have space flight without government funding.