The Lord reveals through many prophets, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” He does not reveal that by great things are great things brought to pass. He doesn’t need to. We already know.
The great thing that is the coming election has all our attention right now. We know it can bring us good or ill. Lesser events, like a successfully repeated private flight to space, slip by without our noticing. And yet . . . .
The day may come when the gods made flesh that are the seed of Adam will stand in multitudes on the planets or before the stars. They will have the infinite before them and, let us dream, eternity in their hearts. In that day the election may be forgotten and this sally into space remembered.
The details of the sally are thus (greater detail, images, and video can be found in the links above and below): On the summer solstice a man from the Scaled Composites team took a test flight into space. Two weeks ago he took the same flight, higher and with more weight. The spaceship went into wild rolls but he was able to right it. Two days ago, on the 47th anniversary of Sputnik, a colleague named Brian Binnie flew the vessel to record height. That second trip won the $10,000,000 Ansari X Space prize, designed to encourage private research into reusable space craft.
Other teams are close to completing their designs and will likely go ahead though the prize is already won. The Canadian contingent here will be happy to know that the Other North Americans in particular are hot on the heels of Scaled Composites. These are marvelous times.
Destiny’s sword has acquired an edge.