Space Adventures’ Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Returns to Earth After Completing Second Mission to the International Space Station
Simonyi Made History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer
Dr. Simonyi made history 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.
“With my second mission, I did much more work, but I was also able to rest and relax. I was physically more prepared and more comfortable given the resources that I brought with me,” said
During his stay aboard the space station, Dr. Simonyi focused on educational outreach and research:
- He communicated with hundreds of students via HAM radio signal in cooperation with Amateur Radio on the ISS.
- On behalf of the European Space Agency, Dr. Simonyi performed a series of experiments, including the study of the physical impact of spaceflight on cosmonauts and astronauts through Early Detection of Osteoporosis in Space and the study of the occurrence and development of Low Back Pain during spaceflight.
- Working closely with the Hungarian Space Office and the Russian space agency, Dr. Simonyi measured and monitored radiation on the ISS using a dosimeter. He participated in this experiment on his first mission and the results of the project will be helpful in designing better spacecraft shielding for future crews.
- Dr. Simonyi also used Windows on Earth software, developed by TERC, to assist him in photographing our planet.
Dr. Simonyi shared his experiences daily through his Web site, www.charlesinspace.com. The site features video clips from NASA TV, as well as Dr. Simonyi’s audio recordings direct from space. He also blogged while in orbit and answered questions posed by visitors to his site.
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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