Bill Gates May Be Next Space Tourist
The worldâ€™s Bill Gates wants to fly into outer space.
â€œSo the next time someone will be with Bill Gates. For me this is the biggest surprise of our flight.â€
Space Adventures, the US-based company that organises the trips, said it had heard nothing from the Microsoft chairman about a possible flight.
â€œSpace Adventures has had no contact with Bill Gates,â€ spokeswoman Natalya Dedovets told AFP.
Simonyi, Yurchikhin and fellow cosmonaut Oleg Kotov docked at the International Space Station on Monday, after a flight that cost the former Microsoft engineer 25 million dollars (19 million euros).
Simonyi is scheduled to return to Earth on April 20 together with the current ISS teamÂ â€” Russiaâ€™s Mikhail Tyurin and American Miguel Lopez-AlegriaÂ â€” while the two Russian cosmonauts will stay on for a 190-day shift in orbit.
Simonyi, who made his fortune at Microsoft, is the fifth tourist to travel to the ISS, following the United Statesâ€™ Dennis Tito in 2001 and Greg Olsen in 2005, South Africaâ€™s Mark Shuttleworth in 2002, and a US citizen of Iranian origin, Anousheh Ansari in 2006.
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