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Simonyi Arrives At the ISS After Shuttle Lands 66

RobGoldsmith writes in with news of the further adventures of Charles Simonyi, whose first trip to the ISS we discussed a couple of years ago. The Russian Soyuz vehicle carrying Simonyi and two others docked a day after the US space shuttle Discovery landed in Florida. "Space Adventures, Ltd. ... announced today that its orbital client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully arrived at the International Space Station after launching on-board the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26. The spacecraft docked to the ISS at 9:05 am (EDT) with Dr. Simonyi and Expedition 19 crew members Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and NASA astronaut Michael Barratt. They were greeted at approximately 12:30 p.m. (EDT) by the Expedition 18 crew..."
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Simonyi Arrives At the ISS After Shuttle Lands

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 29, 2009 @04:10PM (#27381413)

    Going twice? Now you're just showing off.

  • Routine (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mista2 ( 1093071 ) on Sunday March 29, 2009 @04:18PM (#27381479)

    So now spaceflight must be routine if slashdotters think a private citizen being able to fly to space with nothing but money is no longer newsworthy 8)

    • a private citizen being able to fly to space with nothing but money is no longer newsworthy

      I think its newsworthy. I thought that you needed to bring oxygen, too.

      • by pmarini ( 989354 )
        and I think that after being able to drink your own recycled urine in space, you could breath your own words... oh wait, there isn't any sound in vacuum...
      • a private citizen being able to fly to space with nothing but money is no longer newsworthy

        I think its newsworthy. I thought that you needed to bring oxygen, too.

        I'm going to space and i'm bringing...


    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by Molochi ( 555357 )

      I think it would be funny if being able to buy your place in the worldly heaven became known as Simonyi.

    • I don't think it's newsworthy considering it happened before, if I recall correctly. It's no longer 'new'.
    • Wouldn't it be cool if it were routine? I wanna be able to use this line on a girl:

      "I'm from Iowa, I only work in outer space."

  • More to come (Score:5, Interesting)

    by WindBourne ( 631190 ) on Sunday March 29, 2009 @04:22PM (#27381509) Journal
    This is hailed as the end of the tourism. I am guessing that there will be at MOST 3 year delay, and I am starting to think not even that much. The shuttle sounds like it will be extended for 1-2 years due to the ares I delay. In fact, I am guessing that the dems will extend the shuttle UNTIL SpaceX is on-line with crew capability. The shuttle will be used to rotate crews until 2012, and most likely we will plant a dragon on the ISS as a 7 person lifeboat, which will solve the issue of requiring 2 soyuz. We are about to have plenty of up cargo capability (Progress, ATV, HTV, and within another year or two, spaceX and Orbital). SpaceX will be the only down cargo. The important issue is crew. If SpaceX has a number of launches by mid-2011 (when they are suppose to have their human rated capsule ready), then I could see the shuttle being stopped and dragon taking over the western crew.

    In addition, Bigelow will almost certainly run their system up once falcon 9 flies.

    Tourism is about to make it BIG. It will all be for the bloody rich, but, those same ppl are not impacted on something like this.
  • Amateur Radio (Score:3, Interesting)

    by caluml ( 551744 ) <slashdotNO@SPAMspamgoeshere.calum.org> on Sunday March 29, 2009 @04:28PM (#27381539) Homepage
    I'm just hoping he [qrz.com] spends lots of time on the Amateur Radio on the ISS [issfanclub.com], racking up lots of contacts with eager hams on the earth. Like me.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    So Simony walks in, and the astronaut 1 goes "so you're the Hungarian douchebag in "Hungarian notation", eh?!"
  • by JamesP ( 688957 ) on Sunday March 29, 2009 @06:30PM (#27382257)

    this is the guy who invented Hungarian Notation.

  • Newsflash: Barrat has left Kazakhstan to do cultural learnings of the open space!
  • Watching the NASA TV footage of the Soyuz approaching ISS, I immediately started humming "The Blue Danube"... Anyone else?

  • That must have been one heck of a see-saw if the space shuttle descending on one end was enough to get him all the way to the space station. Shall he have but a penny a day? Can he not work any faster?

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