"SpaceShipOne has rocketed into the history books to become the first private manned spacecraft to fly to the edge of space and back."
In spite being drowned out by yet another bloody day in the on-going "war on terror", the significance of this event should not be over looked.
This is huge.
And while we are still fighting over the rules governing cyberspace, imagine where we are headed when companies start launching their own expeditions to the Moon and Mars in a couple of years, claiming land not for a nation but for their shareholders! This event, more than anything else, may get NASA truly back in the game or force them permanently to the sidelines.