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Teddy Bear Astronaut Ready for Launch

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Sep 28, 2004 9:20 pm
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chabot imageBy PA News Reporter: The first British teddy bear to be launched into space is preparing for lift off.
Terence the teddy bear will tomorrow be a special guest onboard aviation legend Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne when it attempts its second spaceflight.
The bear is part of a charity drive by Great North Air Ambulance in Cumbria, which hope to auction Terence after his flight into space.
The space flight will be the latest entry into Terence’s log-book, which show the many aircraft the bear has flown in.

Since May, Terence has spent time with members of 100 Squadron based at RAF Leeming in Basra, Iraq and at airshows with performing fighter planes.
A log-book detailing Terence’s travels will be auctioned with the bear.
SpaceShipOne will fly 62 miles above the earth’s surface into suborbital space.
The spacecraft is competing for the Ansari X Prize, established to encourage commercial space flight, and pursued by 26 teams from all over the world.

SpaceShipOne is set to take off tomorrow morning from the Mojave Airport, north of Los Angeles.

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