Building a Spaceship Without the Help of NASA

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SpaceShipOne and X Prize team members pose with a U.S. flag carried aboard the spacecraft after its successful flight into space and landing at Mojave, Calif., Airport Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.

In 1994, entrepreneur Peter Diamandis pledged $10 million as a prize for the first privately funded team to build and fly a manned rocket into space, despite the fact that he wasn’t sure if anyone would be able to do it and he wasn’t even sure if he would be able to raise the money. Journalist Julian Guthrie has written a new book about this private race to space, Diamandis’s dream of creating a private space industry and co-founding Space Adventures, called How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight