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2009-06-04 14:34:58

Guy Laliberte, the 49 year-old founder of the circus performance group Cirque du Soleil, is set to become Canada's first space tourist in September, BBC News reported. Laliberte will travel on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) in a flight estimated to cost at least $25 million. The Quebec-based billionaire will become the seventh private citizen to visit the ISS since April 2001. Previous space tourists have spent from a week to 13 days aboard the space...

2009-04-08 02:44:00

Simonyi Made History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer VIENNA, Va., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, today announced that its client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after a visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Simonyi returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft with Expedition 18 crewmembers Michael Fincke and Yuri Lonchokov,...

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2009-03-26 09:20:00

The Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft carrying two astronauts and a space tourist lifted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome on Thursday heading for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka are joined by Hungarian-born space tourist Charles Simonyi. The crew will become the 19th crew to live aboard the orbiting outpost. The mission marks Simonyi's second venture into space, making him the world's first two-time space tourist. Simonyi, who...

2009-03-26 07:09:00

Simonyi Makes History as He Commences His Second Space Mission VIENNA, Va., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, today announced that its orbital client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully launched aboard a Soyuz-TMA spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station (ISS). Simonyi joins the Expedition 19 crew, which includes Russian cosmonaut...

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2009-03-23 10:20:00

Billionaire Charles Simonyi will become the world's first two-time space tourist when he sets off for the International Space Station on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. Simonyi has now spent $60 million overall to take the space flight with two professional Russian and American astronauts who will be going up for a six-month stint at the space station. The two-week trip to the space station will likely be his last, as the Russian government is preparing to stop tourist flights in the...

2009-03-19 08:00:00

Simonyi Makes History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer VIENNA, Va., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In preparation for his March 26 launch, Charles Simonyi has outlined the mission objectives he hopes to achieve during his second visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Simonyi is the seventh orbital client for Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace. Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming...

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2009-03-06 06:50:00

Software mogul Charles Simonyi told reporters on Thursday that he pays no mind to the additional $10 million he will pay to Russia for his upcoming journey into space. Simonyi, who earned his wealth as the head of Microsoft's application software group, is expected to spend 11 days on his journey from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. He spent $25 million on his first space trip in April 2007, but since then the price has risen to $35 million. "It's money that...

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2007-04-07 14:40:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- A Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word blasted off late Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the international space station. The Soyuz rocket, which also carried two cosmonauts, roared into overcast nighttime skies over the bleak Kazakh steppes, bathing the launch pad and dozens of officials and well-wishers a mile away in a glow of flame as it rose vertically then turned downrange. Charles Simonyi, a...

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2007-03-22 17:45:00

STAR CITY, Russia -- Decades before helping to write the programs that led to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Charles Simonyi learned the basics on a clunky, Soviet-era computer called Ural-2. Next month, the U.S. billionaire programmer will carry a paper-tape memento from that first computer and put his faith in the heirs to that Soviet-era technology when he blasts into space aboard a Soyuz rocket to become the world's fifth space tourist. "I will take one of those paper tapes with me...

2006-07-04 10:17:53

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WESTMINSTER, Maryland (Reuters) - Hungary's ambassador to the U.S. has taken his passion for rock 'n' roll to a town north of Washington on Independence Day and says he hopes to play guitar with rockers in the Bush administration. Andras Simonyi will play blues at an annual two-week institute called Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, Maryland. More than 300 participants take classes in traditional arts and music ranging from the African roots of the...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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