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Rutan, Burt

In 2005 the possibility of an ordinary person's journeying to outer space was no longer restricted to the realm of science fiction. Leading the push toward commercial space travel was Burt Rutan, a visionary aircraft designer whose SpaceShipOne became the first private manned aircraft to travel into what scientists considered outer space. For his efforts Rutan received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Aeronautical Engineering in 2005.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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