Sat, Oct 21, 2006
Governor Richardson Enthusiastically Unveils First Rocket
Richardson flew into Las Cruces airport Friday to participate in
the XPrize Cup activities by unveiling the first Rocket Racing
After awarding the Rocket Racing naming contest winner Mike
Higgins his prize, a leather flight jacket, the Governor did not
waste any time letting the media know exactly how he feels about
"America is regaining its leadership in space," said Governor
Richardson. "A new era is starting right here in Las Cruces."
Richardson was accompanied by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and
Peter Diamandis of the XPrize Foundation.
"Buzz Aldrin says it is the right thing to do," Richardson
"We took some risks, but it's paying off. The best part is that
all this will inspire young people."
Richardson went on to explain that science and mathematics will
be the key to successful private space exploration, and the United
States must encourage young people to excel in these fields of
To the delight of the media and spectators gathered around him,
he then made a bold prediction, stating that "Rocket Racing League
is going to be as popular as NASCAR." The question that now begs to
be answered is whether the Rocket Racing League pilots will make
turns to the left, or to the right.
A rocket scientist may be needed to answer that one.
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