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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...

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2007-01-28 17:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- Brian Emmett's childhood fantasy came true when he won a free trip to outer space. He was crushed when he had to cancel his reservation because of Uncle Sam. Emmett won his ticket to the heavens in a 2005 sweepstakes by Oracle Corp. (ORCL), in which he answered a series of online questions on Java computer code. He became an instant celebrity, giving media interviews and appearing on stage at Oracle's trade show. For the self-described space buff who has attended space camp and...

2006-04-03 08:17:07

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A former software developer at U.S. giant Microsoft could make a trip to the International Space Station next year aboard a Russian rocket, the RIA news agency reported on Monday. Hungarian-born Charles Simonyi, who was one of the key developers behind applications such as Microsoft Word, would become the world's fifth "space tourist." "A preliminary contract with Simonyi has been concluded for spring 2007," Alexei Krasnov, head of manned spaceflight programs at...

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2006-02-18 10:21:10

LOS ANGELES -- A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The commercial spaceport would be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE government has made an initial investment of $30 million, the Arlington, Va.-based company said in a statement. The spaceport announcement comes on the heels of...

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2006-02-17 07:00:20

LOS ANGELES -- A company that has sent three space tourists into orbit has partnered with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights. The agreement announced Thursday between Space Adventures and the venture capital firm Prodea would help finance suborbital vehicles being designed and built by the Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau. "We want to provide the opportunity for people to experience space in as many...

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2005-09-01 07:15:00

TRENTON, N.J. -- For more than a year, scientist Gregory Olsen has prepared to become the third civilian to visit the International Space Station, and he's itching to blast off. "I really wish I could go right now," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Russia on Wednesday. But Olsen and his Russian and American crewmates still have more simulations to do before their Oct. 1 launch, training together in spacesuits inside a mockup of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Soon...

2005-08-10 13:40:00

NEW YORK -- Want to send someone over the moon? All it takes is $100 million. A U.S. company said on Wednesday it wants to send two tourists on a trip around the moon at a cost of $100 million per ticket. Space Adventures Ltd, which has already sent two civilians on separate trips into space, says it has researched and identified more than a thousand prospective customers with the necessary wealth for a moon shot as early as 2008. "This is only the first step. Before we can land on the moon,...

2005-07-28 09:34:08

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- A millionaire scientist has been confirmed as a member of a Russian Soyuz crew scheduled to blast off Oct. 1 and deliver supplies to the international space station. Space Adventures, the company that arranged the $20 million deal with Russia's space agency, announced Wednesday that Gregory Olsen was officially part of the crew, which also includes a U.S. astronaut. Olsen, a 60-year-old scientist and co-founder of infrared camera maker Sensors Unlimited Inc., of...

2005-07-06 13:20:00

MOSCOW -- Russia's space agency has signed a contract with Gregory Olsen, a spokesman said Wednesday, in a deal that would make the U.S. millionaire scientist only the third tourist to visit the international space station. Vyacheslav Davidenko, a spokesman for the Russian agency, said Olsen could fly to the orbiting station as early as October, when the next Soyuz mission is scheduled to bring supplies and a new crew to the orbiting station. Olsen, a 60-year-old scientist and founder of a...

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2005-05-25 14:48:40

TRENTON, N.J. -- Millionaire scientist Gregory Olsen's $20 million flight to the International Space Station on a Russian rocket, which was put on hold last summer because of health concerns, is back on track. The Russian space program recently gave Olsen medical clearance to go on an upcoming mission and he resumed training on May 16, the Virginia company arranging Olsen's trip said Wednesday. Olsen, who turned 60 last month, now is training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in...


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