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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,...

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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2009-01-28 13:25:00

During a recession that has many industries under pressure as consumers cut spending, the space tourism business is booming, thanks to enthusiastic demand by ultra-wealthy clientele. "Business is good," a Reuters report quoted Eric Anderson, CEO of Space Adventures, as saying on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The privately-held U.S. firm has sold about $175 million worth of seats on Russian rockets to the International Space Station (ISS).  The company...

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2008-10-12 09:25:00

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc., made a surprise visit on Saturday to Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the barren steppes of central Kazakhstan. Brin, a native of Moscow, made the visit to wish fellow space tourist, and U.S. computer game developer Richard Garriott luck before Garriott's Sunday flight into space.  The mission will take Garriott, U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov to the International Space Station. Brin recently put down a $5...

2008-10-11 00:00:03

An Austin, Texas, man in Kazakhstan is set to become the world's sixth space tourist and the first second-generation space traveler from the United States. Richard Garriott, 47, a computer game developer, is due to launch Oct. 12 from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Space.com reported Friday. Garriott's father, Owen, 77, is a retired astronaut from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "I'm just very...

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2008-09-26 13:50:00

Japanese businessman Daisuke Enomoto filed suit last month in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, against space tourism company Space Adventures for on the grounds that he was defrauded of $21 million.Enomoto had paid Space Adventures in hopes of flying to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule in September 2006. Instead, he was pulled form the three-member crew just one month before liftoff to make room for Dallas businesswoman Anousheh Ansari. Enomoto...