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50:

A rough number of the private companies working to launch people into space.

62:

The rough number of miles space is from Earth. (For perspective, Raleigh is 71 miles from Fayetteville.)

$200,000:

The cost for a ticket on Virgin Galactic, which is planning its first flights into space in 2008.

1:

The number of times a News & Observer reporter overheard someone walk up to actor Koenig and say something like "I bet a lot of people call you Mr. Chekov."

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