The X-Prize and the Wealth of Nations : Pilot Completes 1st Stage of Space Flight

Among those watching Wednesday’s flight was Adam Smith, 14, of Vienna, Va., who has earned $1,000 this summer toward a down payment to a company called Space Adventures, which is taking reservations for space travel someday.

Smith said he has been interested in space “as far back as I can remember.”

“It was just one of those things I want to do this,” the ninth-grader said.

It’s great to see that Adam Smith is going to get to take a ride on a free market space ship someday soon.