Virgin Galactic’s plan to fly SpaceShipTwo’s first commercial suborbital flight next week falls near the anniversary of the first spaceflight by its predecessor, SpaceShipOne, on June 21, 2004. Here’s a look back at that day nearly two decades ago.
The temperature was still hovering around 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Mojave when the summer solstice arrived at 5:57 PM on June 20, 2004. The weather in the High Desert was a marked change from the chilly and overcast Los Angeles that we had left the day before. The LA Basin was in the middle of June Gloom, a weather phenomenon where a marine layer that normally stays offshore moves inland to block out the sun, sending temperatures plunging.(more…)
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