Wed, Jun 23, 2004
But SpaceShipOne Pilot Says Flight Was A Bit "Intimidating" At
So... how was it?
Mike Melvill, SpaceShipOne's 62-year old pilot on a historic
journey to the edge of space Monday, described his suborbital
flight as "almost religious experience. You really do get the
feeling that you've touched the face of God when you do something
What we might not consider, watching videotape from the cockpit
during Melvill's journey, is the sounds he heard. During the boost
phase, he said, as his spacecraft approached Mach 3.2, "You can
hear this incredible rushing sound like some hurricane coming by.
The thing just has a high-frequency roar to it, that's very, very
Perhaps most breath-taking: The View.
"It was really an awesome sight," Melvill said of looking down
on the Earth, seeing it curve away at the horizon.
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