OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1081 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 720 times:
Space Tourist Launches Into History
Apr 28, 2001
The world's first space tourist today saw a dream become reality when he blasted off with a Russian crew from Khazakstan in Central Asia.
American Dennis Tito, who is reported to be paying USD$20 million for the trip, joined two Russian cosmonauts on a mission to the International Space Station.
The launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket took place on time at 07.37GMT and the flight is scheduled to reach the Space Station on Monday.
The historic launch marks a new chapter in space programs as Mr Tito became the first civilian to fly with professional cosmonauts.
In a pre-flight interview with CNN, 60-year-old Mr Tito, said: "This is not a vacation, [it's] the fulfillment of a life's dream to fly into space.
"Only 400 people have flown in space, so that is for me a privilege to be able to actually observe the Earth from outer space, circle the Earth you know once every 90 minutes."
The US Space Agency NASA had earlier objected to the Californian businessman and former NASA employee making the flight, but dropped its opposition earlier this week. It also emphasized his trip was a one-off event.
A television monitor inside the spaceship showed Tito grinning broadly. When a ground controller asked him how he felt, he replied in Russian "Khorosho," which means "great.
source: AirWise news.
Well the russians managed to get their first space tourist. He is now orbiting around earth for a neat price of $20 million! Well, what do you think of that?? Are we about to enter the space-age where tourists will be able to spend some days in a space station, or is will this be one of the last times.
Another question.. if you had the money would you do it??
I think I should, must be really great to be in space and look down on the earth.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 645 times:
Many feel that Tito has the right to be there as long as he paid for the journey, but if I were an American, I would be outraged to see some spoiled rich person get a free ride off space station built with my tax dollars. If he wants to pay, he's got to pay NASA as well.
Kolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 621 times:
Russia has got to build a bigger version of SOYUZ, to be used as a temporary space hotel...4 tourists at a time + one proffesional cosmonaut...$20 mill each...Russians get the experience and millioners get to be away from their wifes for a while...WIN WIN SITTUATION
Kolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 613 times:
What I ment is: The tourists shouldn't go to the ISS, it's for professional work only, but the Russians can keep the spase travel up by putting Soyz with the tourists on orbit for a week, without it docking with the station.
Logos From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 774 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 603 times:
The Soyuz is the Russian equivalent to the shuttle. It's just a reusable cargo and crew carrier.
Not exactly. It's more like the Russian equivalent to the Gemini and it's not reusable. I remember Deke Slayton's well-considered words after the 1975 (?) Apollo-Soyuz mission: "We greatly admire the courage of the Soviet Cosmonauts."
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 598 times:
Well then, how many Soyuz modules have they gone through? I mean, I understand that they splash-down, but it seems that it would be uneconomical to just hammer out capsules to launch and then become defunct after re-entry.