Time for another anniversary. This time is the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the X-15 rocket plane back in 1959. Scott Crossfield was the first brave guy to get dropped off the wing of the B-52 as if riding in a big black bomb with stubby wings. Then flipped a switch to light the engines and it became the fastest and highest flying plane - until Rutan beat the altitude record with his SpaceShip one.
NASA in it's effort to encourage the general public to become more interested in all this really cool space stuff, they came up with another interactive web page. Here is the latest page, this time on the X-15. Check it out and get distracted for a while. Good stuff!