So come Wednesday morning we had all staggered into The Power House at New York's American Museum of Natural History for the press conference
Behind us scribblers were the tv cameras, it looked like the coverage of the event would be global
The end of the press conference descended into chaotic thronging crowds as a large media scrum formed around Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan
Earlier in the day Branson's familty (left) had spoken to Danish born Galactic founder Per Wimmer
The press conference might have ended by noon but the interviews saw the media event extend well into the afternoon and then it was time for the party
Many of the Virgin Galactic customers, founders and pioneers all, may have wondered if they would encounter extraterrestrial life, but did they have to look that far?
Not expecting to find a spare $200,000 in my back pocket anytime soon I am content with access to the likes of Virgin Atlantic's Club Lounge at JFK airport. Such is the life of the aerospace journalist