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SpaceShipOne lands after heart-stopping ride

MOJAVE DESERT, California (CNN) -- SpaceShipOne successfully blasted into space at about Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, on Wednesday in its quest to win the Ansari X Prize.

Oh, and Richard Branson is still my freakin' idol:
Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson announced on Monday that he would invest $25 million in a new space venture, to be called Virgin Galactic. The project will license Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne technology for commercial suborbital flights starting at about $200,000. He expects it could fly 3,000 people within five years.

Howard Hughes left some big shoes to fill in the 'nutty billionaire' arena, but Branson is putting in a good effort.
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