Space Adventures’ Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Successfully Launches to the International Space Station
Simonyi Makes History as He Commences His Second Space Mission
Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming the first private explorer to complete a second mission to space. He previously flew to the ISS in spring 2007 as Space Adventures’ fifth orbital client. On his return mission, Dr. Simonyi aims to continue to make contributions toward space research, and advance civilian space travel while inspiring kids in their studies of science and math.
“We applaud Charles on his continued commitment and investment to commercial spaceflight. Having a repeat orbital client demonstrates to the world that participating in a space mission is truly a magnificent and awe-inspiring experience,” said
Space Adventures became world renowned eight years ago with the launch of client
Dr. Simonyi will share his spaceflight experiences on a daily basis through his Web site, www.CharlesinSpace.com. The site’s “Follow the Updates” section features live video from NASA TV, as well as Dr. Simonyi’s audio recordings direct from space. Dr. Simonyi will also continue to blog while on the space station and answer questions posed by visitors to his site. Students can participate in his mission by taking an online Kids’ Quiz.
Dr. Simonyi’s return mission to the ISS is the latest destination in a life defined by exploration and discovery. Born in
Dr. Simonyi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and mathematics from the
In August of 2002, Dr. Simonyi left Microsoft and founded Intentional Software Corporation, an engineering company focused on improving the way organizations write software. He founded the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences in 2003 to support arts organizations, and science institutions, such as the Institute for Advanced Study in
He is a trained pilot in multi-engine aircraft and instrument flying, currently holding licenses for jets and helicopters, and has logged more than 2,000 hours of flying time. In 2007, he became the fifth private citizen to travel into space.
Dr. Simonyi is married to Lisa Persdotter who worked in asset management and marketing.
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