The journey in weightlessness
Fourteen years ago, millionaire Dennis Tito went to space aboard the “Soyuz TM-32” with cosmonauts Talgat Musabaev and Yuri botulinum. During the week, Tito kept a diary, preparing Breakfast for the astronauts that were on the ISS. People who committed 128 orbits around the Earth, has become the first ever space tourist.
Dennis Tito on ISS
Tito is one of those people who really want to get beyond the home planet. He was educated in the field of space technology and cosmonautics, at the age of sixty years has made a trip cost of $20 million, and in 2013 wanted to organize the program, during which his wife was supposed to fly in the Martian orbit. But its main achievement — the flight of 2001, which opened the way for other space tourists.
“Eight minutes and fifty seconds after the start of the last man feels the force of gravity, then weightlessness, and the engines are turned off. In my opinion, this is the most memorable moment of the entire trip”
Actually, he was not the first man went into space without the need to conduct scientific tests or operate space technology. In 1983, aviastroitelnaya McDonell Douglas was sent flying on the Shuttle “discovery” of its employees — 35-year-old Charles Walker. In the company he studied the flight loads, and after three space expeditions became assistant to the President of McDonnell Douglas. Currently, Walker works as a senior marketing Manager of space programs of the Boeing company and collects books about space exploration.
Charles Walker on his first flight
Later, in 1990, on the orbital station “Mir” went the journalist Japanese television company “TBS” toyohiro Akiyama. The flight lasted almost eight days. He then became Deputy Director of news Department in ‘ 91 was making a film about the Aral sea, and in 1995 left the Corporation and began to grow rice and mushrooms on a farm in the mountains of Abukuma until the explosion at Fukushima-1. Later he acted with the reports devoted to their flight, and in 2012 he was awarded the medal “For merit in space exploration”.
And only in 2001 in the space went Dennis Tito, thus opening the way for people, which later became known as “space tourists”.
Five people in the history of space tourism
Mark Shuttleworth, 2002
After the flight was financed by Ubuntu (approx. ed — a Linux distribution), traveled to Antarctica on the icebreaker “Kapitan Khlebnikov”, has acquired a 65 % stake in Impi Linux, and in 2013 became a “personality who shook up the computer industry” according to Forbes.
Gregory Olsen, 2005
The founder of the Sensor Unlimited, which is developing sensor technologies for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft. Took flight at the age of 60 years. While in space, conducted experiments on cultivation in microgravity crystals for infrared sensors.
The Anusha Ansari, 2006
Was supposed to be a backup fourth space tourist Daisuke Enomoto, the flight of which was cancelled later due to health. In space, she performed several scientific experiments related to the influence of cosmic radiation and weightlessness on crew members and on microorganisms. She also became the first person who kept a blog during space flight.
Charles Simonyi, 2007 and 2009
The first two-time space tourist. Worked at Microsoft on the creation of products Excel, Multiplan and Word. Studied the effect of cosmic radiation on the human body. Promised my wife I will not fly into space for the third time.
Richard Garriott, 2008
Programmer and entrepreneur. Known as a developer of computer games, Ultima, Lineage, Lineage II and Tabula Rasa. Life member of the society of American magicians and a member of the International brotherhood of magicians. Active participant in various charity events in support of space research, the arts and wildlife.
All flights of space tourists was arranged by Space Adventures, founded in 1998. In addition to the ISS flight, the company carries out “inspection tours” on Russian jet fighters and airplanes “IL-76 K”, which is a flying laboratory, which artificially creates weightlessness.