Brian Binnie successfully piloted the Scaled Composites/Paul Allen craft SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 368,000 feet this morning, breaking the threshold of space by 40,000 feet. By reaching space (and returning safely) twice within two weeks–all without government handouts–SpaceShipOne earned the coveted $10 Million Ansari X Prize. Last week’s flight was piloted by Michael Melvill, who became the first commercial astronaut back in June.

Let this be a reminder to skeptics that there’s no such thing as “only” human. Congratulations to the SpaceShipOne team!

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