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The Sweet Taste of Success
Photograph by Jim Sugar

Commemorative M&Ms melted in spectators' mouths at the September 29 and October 4 flights. The match between M&M candymaker Mars, Inc., and Rutan's project was literally made in the heavens. During SpaceShipOne's original test flight on June 21, 2004, test pilot Mike Melvill reached into his pocket and floated a handful of M&Ms before the cameras inside the cockpit to show weightlessness near the top of a climb exceeding 328,000 feet (100,000 meters), proving that the rocket could achieve the required altitude needed to win the Ansari X Prize. That moment got a lot of press, prompting the Mars company to become a sponsor of the prize and to create these special M&Ms, emblazoned with the Rutan project's succinct slogan. "I think that the June flight, the first private manned space flight, is the significant milestone," says Rutan. 

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Kodak Ektachrome 100
Lens: Nikkor 50mm micro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Inside aircraft hangar with north light coming from the open door
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: The light came from the open doors of the aircraft hangar and a Nikon SB-28 strobe.
Special Equipment or Comments: I made the shot with studio techniques on location. My "studio" was the back of a golf cart, attached with a black seamless back drop and reflectors.  
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