Today was an amazing day out at Mojave Spaceport.
Burt Rutan, Sir Richard Branson, and a bevy of space celebs (including Dr. Buzz Aldrin) gathered for the launch of Virgin Galactic's twin-hulled mothership, "Eve," named after Sir Richard's own mom -- who formally christened WhiteKnightTwo with the pop of a champagne bottle. Branson explained that the spaceliner was also named "Eve" because she was conceived as an historic first for humankind.
The Boing Boing tv crew was there, and we'll be airing video hijinks later this week.
For now... here are a few random iphone snaps, and I twittered until my daggone fingers fell off (first tweet in series, and last tweet in series).
Here is coverage from other blog-pals we ran into out there:
Mojave historian and photographer Alan Radecki has posts up at MOJAVE SKIES
GIZMODO's Brian Lam took some fantastic photos (including some goof-off shots I dumped on Flickr), and has a dreamy little video up.
Over at WIRED: Photographer Dave Bullock and astrobiologist/space evangelist Loretta Hidalgo checked in with images and first-person accounts. She's going on the maiden voyage with her husband, George T. Whitesides of the National Space Society, for their honeymoon. Dude. Tell me that's not cool. Update: More from Bullock here.
The fine fellas at JAUNTED.
More photos from Dave Malkoff of CBS News.
(Space-helmet-tip of thanks: Charles Ogilvie and Abby Lunardini)
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