Letters

The Most Amazing Inventions of 2004
The fascinating success of Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne ["Coolest Inventions 2004," Dec. 6] opens a brilliantly lit pathway out of the gloom and disappointment in which man has been stranded since the Challenger and Columbia space-shuttle disasters. SpaceShipOne avoids using brutal force to leave Earth and re-enter the atmosphere, thereby minimizing risks to itself and its crew. SpaceShipOne works its way into space and is the most human-friendly space vehicle man has yet devised.
Ashoka Weerakkody
Colombo, Sri Lanka

With his innovative SpaceShipOne, Burt Rutan hit the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!