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Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Sun Apr 29, 2001 5:19 am

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.

 
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Tue May 01, 2001 10:05 am

Um... The tourist is not a Russian, he is a American
 
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Tue May 01, 2001 10:26 am

Hopefully the first of many!
 
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Tue May 01, 2001 11:38 am

Does anyone else find humour behind the fact that the Soyuz was delayed because the shuttle had to leave port? I mean, here we have the first space tourist and his flight was delayed!  Laugh out loud
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Tue May 01, 2001 11:43 am

James Cameron is next, or so I hear. He's just waiting for the squabbles between NASA and the Russians to be worked out before he goes.

I guess there's a market. NASA's been saying for years that they welcome the commericialization of space, but then they turn around and try to keep a civilian from going up... what's the deal?

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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Wed May 02, 2001 7:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Thu May 03, 2001 8:05 am

Ummm....Russia did help build the space station, and they do own part of it.
 
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Thu May 03, 2001 11:54 am

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

I hope to be the space tourist #1000000
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Thu May 03, 2001 1:07 pm

RE:Kolobokman,

He isn't staying in the Soyuz. The Soyuz is the Russian equivalent to the shuttle. It's just a reusable cargo and crew carrier.
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Thu May 03, 2001 11:52 pm

RE: Aerlingus,

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.
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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Fri May 04, 2001 11:05 am

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."

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RE: Space Tourism 0-1 For Russia

Fri May 04, 2001 12:39 pm

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.
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