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2008-10-11 17:00:00

Officials with Russia's space program said Saturday that a number of safety improvements have been made for spacecrafts returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). The announcement follows a series of rough landings, including two malfunctions with the Soyuz re-entry vehicle during the past year. The mishaps raised safety concerns about the craft's reliability, with one South Korean astronaut saying she feared death during a landing in April. However, Anatoly Perminov,...

2008-10-11 15:00:10

Plans to add crew members to the International Space Station might be delayed, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Saturday. RIA Novosti reported the space agency is considering a boost the number of astronauts on the space station from three to six in 2009. "I doubt that the ISS crew will be increased to six people from next year because the final decision has not been taken yet," Roscosmos head Anatoly Perminov said. "All countries participating in the ISS program have...

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...

2008-10-10 11:45:00

U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott said he was confident ahead of Sunday's launch into space on a Russian spaceship and downplayed concerns over a bumpy ride back to Earth. Previous crews returning from the International Space Station have referred to rough landings and massive gravitational force after Russia's Soyuz capsules slid off into dangerous "ballistic re-entry" twice in a row over the past year. "I don't think it will bother me in the least," Garriott said from Russia's Baikonur...

2008-10-02 18:00:03

Millionaire Richard Branson used a morning talk show to thank Preston Morrow, who found items of missing adventurer Steve Fossett in the California mountains. "If it wasn't for Preston, I think we would have had no chance of ever finding Steve," Branson, a friend of Fossett, said Thursday on CBS' "The Early Show." The British business magnate noted Morrow, on a day hike Tuesday along a mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., found several items belonging to Fossett, who disappeared in 2007,...

2008-09-30 15:35:00

Virgin Galactic will join up with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to look at carrying scientific instruments on board one of its space tourism vehicles to gather data on climate change. The first instrument would provide data on atmospheric composition - particularly greenhouse gases. So far, 280 customers have already reserved seats for sub-orbital space flights aboard the vehicles, the company said. Virgin aims to be the world's first "spaceline", taking...

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...

2008-09-24 21:00:10

STAR CITY, Moscow region. Sept 24 (Interfax-AVN) - U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott, who made his money by designing computer games, said he intends to send into space the digitized DNA code of prominent scientists and artists to save human race in the event of a global catastrophe on Earth. The names of the scientists and artists whose digitized DNA is included in the Immortality Drive (digitized DNA database) will be made public in the next 24 hours, Garriott said. The database also...

2008-09-23 21:00:11

STAR CITY (near Moscow). Sept 23 (Interfax-AVN) - U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott, who has paid $30 million to make his first flight to the International Space Station, is ready to travel to the station for a second time, as well. Garriott said at a news conference in Star City that, before even flying into space for the first time, he was thinking already what could be done on his second mission and how much he could spend on it. The space tourist, who built his fortune as a designer...

2008-09-23 21:00:10

MOSCOW. Sept 23 (Interfax-AVN) - Space tourist Richard Garriott, the son of U.S. astronaut Owen Garriott, and Sergei Volkov, the son of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Volkov, will work together on the International Space Station and then will return together to the Earth, Director of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) Anatoly Perminov told journalists. "The history of astronautics has never seen such a thing: two dynasties, two sons of the U.S. and Russian astronauts descending on the same...

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Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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