Pretty Cool

Yesterday Richard Branson’s ‘Virgin Galactic‘ did its third supersonic test of its SpaceShipTwo space craft with which they plan to soon start running paid passenger flights into space. Images after the jump.

These look a lot like computer generated images. But they’re not. They’re actual photos shot by cameras mounted on various parts of the craft.

All images courtesy Virgin Galactic/

My father, who died in 2006, dreamed about this stuff. Space travel that wasn’t restricted to a few astronauts but when it would begin to become possible for average people. The cost of a ticket in this case means ‘average’ people are certainly not flying into space any time soon. But it will come. I’m not sure it mattered to him terribly whether he’d live to see it. He died relatively young. Just that it would happen.