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(Very Rich) Geeks in Space

By Keith Cowing
October 7, 2004

6 October 2004: Geeks in space C|Net.com

“Whether you blame the Apollo moon landings, Isaac Asimov, “Star Trek” or the sheer giddiness of all that instant money, it’s clear that wealthy tech celebrities have the space bug. The list of IT veterans turned space junkies includes Allen, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, PayPal founder Elon Musk and Id Software’s John Carmack, to name a few.”

6 October 2004: SpaceX Transfers Falcon Rocket to Vandenberg Launch Complex

“SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of access to space by a factor of ten. Located in El Segundo, California, the company was founded by Elon Musk in June 2002”

7 October 2004: House Passes Rohrabacher Resolution Honoring X Prize Recipients, House Science Committee

“By a voice vote, the House of Representatives last night approved a resolution introduced by Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chairman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) congratulating Mojave Aerospace Ventures for winning the X Prize and commending the X Prize Foundation for spurring this achievement.”

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