On June 21, 2004, Mike Melvill stood atop a vehicle in Mojave that he had just piloted into space holding up a sign that read, “SpaceShipOne GovernmentZero.” Thousands cheered not only for Melvill having become the first private astronaut in history, but for the new era he had just helped to launch. Soon, people would be flying into space every week or so, and private entrepreneurs would put dinosaur space agencies like NASA out of business.
A decade later, the future just ain’t what it used to be. But, that’s not going to stop the folks in Mojave from celebrating the past.
Melvill will be speaking about his historic flight on the anniversary of it on Saturday, June 21, at the Mojave spaceport. The talk will take place at 11 a.m. in the meeting room located inside the airport administration building. Get there early; there’s limited seating.