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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Benefactor inspired by Lindbergh's story
Peter Diamandis' inspiration for a $10 million purse to spur private space travel began with Charles Lindbergh.
Diamandis wanted to travel into space since growing up in the days of the Apollo moon program, but knew the odds of becoming a NASA astronaut were long.
"I realized that if I was lucky to be selected, which is a one in 1,000 chance, you would fly once or twice in your career," Diamandis said. "I wanted to fly regularly in space."
So Diamandis, who grew up to earn aeronautical engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, sought a way to inspire the development of technologies that would make space travel available to private citizens.
It was while reading about Charles Lindbergh's historic 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic that Diamandis came up with the idea for the X Prize, a $10 million purse for the first privately financed, privately built and reusable spacecraft. Read More
Same author, diffrent story: http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20954~2121529,00.html


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