Monday, June 21, 2004

Works In Progress 

Martina Navratilova has won her first round Wimbledon singles match after 10 years away from the singles competition at the event. Apparently she appears to be in a good a form as ever. From AP coverage:

Serving and volleying in classic grass-court style, the 47-year-old Navratilova crushed Colombia's Catalina Castano 6-0, 6-1 in 46 minutes in a rain-interrupted early match on the opening day of the 118th edition of the Grand Slam tournament.

Full stats of the match can be found here. Navratilova will be playing either Jelena Dokic or Gisela Dulko in the next round.

In other news, the White Knight has lifted off carrying SpaceShipOne, the craft attempting today to be the first privately funded human flight into space by reaching an altitude of 62 miles. This a test run for SpaceShipOne's predicted attempt at the X Prize later this year, which is a $10 million prize for the team who:

-Privately finances, builds & launches a spaceship, able to carry three people to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles)
-Returns safely to Earth
-Repeats the launch with the same ship within 2 weeks.

White Knight is scheduled to carry SpaceShipOne for an hour, releasing it at an altitude of 50,000 feet. SpaceShipOne will then ignite its own rocket motor and continue the ascent.

UPDATE: SpaceShipOne has completed its flight from the Mojave Desert to space, and returned safely to earth at Mojave Airport. Radar confirmation of the exact altitude reached has not yet been released.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:23 AM