Virtuoso Life - January/February 2010 - 24
VIRGIN GALACTIC NEWS The eagle has landed: Virgin Galactic’s Eve mother ship ferries the new Enterprise spaceship. With a mother ship and a brand-new spaceship ready to roll, Virgin Galactic’s venture to space takes a giant step toward reality. By ELAINE SRNKA The Ride of Your Life VIRTUOSO LIFE jack brockway s darkness fell over the Mojave desert, a jubilant crowd gathered on a tarmac where flashing lights, dramatic music, and a sprinkling of snow added to the anticipation and excitement. Emerging from the shadows, mother ship Eve slowly taxied down the runway and rolled to a stop, presenting to the world its first look at her precious cargo: Virgin Galactic’s completed spaceship, set to be the first commercial manned spacecraft. “Ladies and gentlemen, the eagle has landed,” said the announcer, and with that, the realization that we had just witnessed an important moment in history set in.