After three failed launch attempts, SpaceX's Falcon rocket became the first privately funded vehicle to reach Earth orbit. While Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne may have been the first private vehicle to go into space, it never reached orbit (nor was it designed to do so). Good luck to SpaceX on their future launches.
For those unfamiliar with SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the guy is a real visionary. Not only is he the co founder of PayPal (where a significant amount of the fortune he spent on SpaceX's funding originated) but he is also producing the very sexy Tesla roadster, an all-electric sports car, and is involved in a number of other companies and organizations combating global warming. How many other 37 year olds can claim to have built their own rocket, started their own sports car company, and changed the way business is done on the internet?
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