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Space Tourist Simonyi Prepares For Second Flight 31

Toren Altair writes "Space Adventures announced today that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., intends to train with the Soyuz TMA-14 crew in preparation for a spring mission in 2009 to the International Space Station. Simonyi flew his first space mission in 2007. He would be the first space tourist to repeat the experience. Space Adventures' sixth orbital spaceflight participant, Richard Garriott, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, is currently scheduled to launch to the ISS on October 12 of this year."
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Space Tourist Simonyi Prepares For Second Flight

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  • by hweimer ( 709734 ) on Tuesday September 30, 2008 @05:44PM (#25210475) Homepage

    Come on, Richard Garriot [wikipedia.org] (Lord British, of Ultima [wikipedia.org] fame) is one of the founding fathers of the gaming industry as we know it, not just the son of some random astronaut ...

    • Well, I gotta say, much as I love Ultima, even random astronaut is still way cooler than legendary game developer.

      Legendary game developer AND astronaut spawn, who himself is heading to space? That's pretty freaking awesome. Though yeah, should have been a part in there about him being Lord British. :)

      • There is something poetic about this; the whole following Dad's footsteps thing (albeit maybe just a taste of what Dad did). I'm also amused by the idea that Richard managed to get to space via the Houston Science Fair... just not quite the route one would expect.

        • by snuf23 ( 182335 )

          It should also be noted that Owen Garriott spent 60 days in Skylab and was also onboard for the Shuttle's SpaceLab mission. Perhaps extra poetic that Richard's destination is the ISS.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        yes, perhaps being an astronaut _is_ cooler than being a legendary game developer (depends on how legendary, really), but being the son of an astronaut is not more noteworthy than actually being the developer of Ultima.

        it's rather insulting to refer to someone by their relations when they've already made a name for themselves based on their own merits.

    • He is also a nice guy and throws awesome parties.
    • Apparently Owen Garriott [wikipedia.org] spent time aboard SpaceLab, and Richard will be the first [richardinspace.com] second-generation American astronaut. I'd say they're pointing out the relation because it's so significant, not because they're downplaying his own fame.

  • You said you had no spare cash on you, when I paid for Sushi.

    Payup bitch! I KNOW you got it!

  • Come on man, give someone else a chance to ride.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      I suspect the demand for space tourism is rather low at the current price. Not everyone would drop $20 million on a flight even if they had the money.
      • by Fred_A ( 10934 )

        Apparently a lot of bankers are ending up with a lot more cash than they initially expected. So maybe space tourism will finally take off.

    • by Haoie ( 1277294 )

      Oh nobody's stopping you.

      So long as you have a few million bucks lying around.

  • And that's a good thing!
  • by kylben ( 1008989 ) on Tuesday September 30, 2008 @06:11PM (#25210791) Homepage
    nTripsToSpace++; would have said the same thing more succinctly.
    • No, that title would be stupid on many levels.
    • Finally! I've been waging war over 6 (and above) word titles for quite some time now! Infact, I've done some preliminary research on up to 4 word reduction also.

      Unfortunately, I got rather a snotty marketing letter back when I sent Pete Jackson my plans to rename his opus to (Lord). These Hollywood hacks threaten our very existence with their redundancy.
    • by krem81 ( 578167 )
      I'm surprised it took so long to get a Hungarian notation joke in. I'm even more surprised it's not modded higher.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      Well, let's be precise here.

      lpszAstronautName = "Simonyi";
      dZ_EarthAstronaut = cKilometers(36000.0); // not _centi_ kilometers, _class_ kilometers.
      hvsl = cShuttle::m_getSingleton();
      hdst = rgspcstn[I18N];
      hvsl.launch(g_getAstronaut(lpszAstronautName), hdst);

  • What happens on Soyuz, stays on Soyuz. Once you've gone Soyuz you'll never go back. In Soviet Union - Soyuz ebet vseh (dammit doesnt let me post Cyrillic). And so on, and so on. Smithers, release the hounds!
  • If he's preparing for a mission, I would say he's not a tourist.
    The latter is supposed to go in the outer space just for fun.
    Or not?
  • ...it's got far too touristy.

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