As a kid, I always used to dream about becoming an astronaut. Space always mesmerized me, and that was what got me started into reading science-fiction, with Arthur C. Clarke’s classic “2001: A Space Oddessey” But then I got into IIT and engineering and computer science and NASA and space seemed like a distant dream. Well, things are changing now.
On June 21st, 2004 (coincidently, my birthday too!) private aircraf [[http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/|Space Ship One]] soared into space and history by becoming the first private craft to leave Earth’s atmostphere. SpaceShipOne, by [[http://scaled.com/|Scaled Composites]] is a contender for the prestigious X-prize foundation, and funded by Microsoft co-founded Paul Allen. The day is not far when private space travel will be commercially feasible, and I will yet have my chance to play astronaut :-)