Tuesday, May 05, 2009
In Houston every Mexican restaurant celebrates Cinco de Mayo. May 5 is also the anniversary of Alan Shepard's suborbital flight from 1961. When launch control was not sure whether to proceed, Shepard said "Let's get off our %&*# and light this candle!" In 2004 Spaceship One repeated the feat of launching one pilot into suborbital flight. Many have bought tickets in hope of following in Shepard's footsteps. We wish them all a lighted candle.