July 6, 2005
Businessman to be new Russian space tourist
MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. entrepreneur Gregory Olsen will bethe third tourist to visit space on a Russian rocket, Russia'sspace agency said on Wednesday.
Olsen, a technology innovator considered an authority onlasers and crystal growth, had been scheduled to visit theInternational Space Station (ISS) in April but local mediareported his application was rejected on health grounds."Recently a contract was signed between Olsen and Roscosmosand the American tourist was added to the crew of the ninthexpedition to the ISS," Vyacheslav Davidenko, spokesman for theFederal Space Agency, told Itar-Tass news agency.
Interfax news agency said he would take off in October.
Russian Soyuz craft carry three-man crews and have takentwo tourists -- U.S. businessman Dennis Tito and South Africa'sMark Shuttleworth -- on week-long trips into space for reportedfees of $20 million.