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Airplanes and Spaceships
Despite having now taken three months longer than the airplane people, we're making disappointingly little progress toward the obvious next stage of vehicle: The Unobtanium-hulled tunneling ship from the 2003 film 'The Core.'
Title text: Despite having now taken three months longer than the airplane people, we're making disappointingly little progress toward the obvious next stage of vehicle: The Unobtanium-hulled tunneling ship from the 2003 film 'The Core.'

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[A timeline is shown with three dots on it. Each dot has a label beneath the dot, and the two intervals between the dots are also labeled, with lines indicating which dots are belonging to that label.]
Dot 1:
December 17, 1903
First human airplane flight
Dot 2:
April 12, 1961
First human spaceflight
Dot 3:
Today
Interval 1-2: 57 years 4 months
Interval 2-3: 57 years 7 months
[Caption beneath the frame:]
Spaceships are now older than airplanes were when we flew out first spaceships


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