Twenty years of space tourism from Tito through Bezos to Maezava

VIDEOS – This Thursday, December 9, 2021, Michael Strahan, host of Good Morning America, launches the third manned flight of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company. This is an opportunity for tourists to take a look at their unique journeys in space.

Tourist flights to space are increasing. This Wednesday, December 8, 2021, on board the Soyuz rocket of the Russian Roscosmos Space Agency, two Japanese tourists, billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant, astronaut Yozo Hirano, left the Baikonur Cosmodrome for BKS. Cosmonaut Alexandre Missourkine is at the head of the crew.

The next day, this Thursday, December 9, Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin’s third manned flight clock strikes. The New Shepard rocket will take off from West Texas with six passengers on board: Laura Shepard Churley, daughter of Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space, and Michael Strahan, one of the hosts of the morning television show Good Morning America. , Dylan Taylor and Evan Dick, and father and child, Lane and Cameron Bess.

On a summer night, the open sky stretches through the grass and looks at the stars. The memory of Yuri Gagarin, the first Russian man to go into space, refers to the first steps of the American Neil Armstrong on the moon. Here are the children’s dreams that will one day come true for privileged people …

2001 – Dennis Tito

California millionaire Dennis Tito, 61, opened a new page in the conquest of space and space tourism on board the mission on April 28, 2001, after a hard training session in Moscow’s Stars. TM-32.

2002 – Mark Shuttleworth

A year later, in April 2002, young South African billionaire Mark Shuttleworth became the second space tourist to take part in Russia’s Soyuz TM-34 mission. He will stay on the International Space Station (ISS) for eight days at a cost of $ 20 million.

Soyuz Taxi crew includes Yuri Gidzenko of Russia (left), Italian Space Engineer Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency (ESA) (center) and Mark Shuttleworth of South Africa (right), International Space Station, April 27, 2002 Station (ISS).

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2005 – Gregory Hammond Olsen

The third space tourist is the American billionaire Gregory Olsen. He joined the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2005 after 1,500 hours of training in the City of Stars at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Moscow.

Portrait of Gregory Olsen, August 26, 2005.
Portrait of Gregory Olsen, August 26, 2005.

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2006 – Anushe Ansari

This Iranian-American businesswoman is the first female space tourist. He left for the International Space Station (ISS) in September 2006. It stays in orbit for ten days.

Portrait of Anusha Ansari in 2006.
Portrait of Anusha Ansari in 2006.

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2007 and 2009 – Charles Simonyi

The Hungarian-born American entrepreneur, who was involved in the development of Word and Excel software at Microsoft, became the fifth space tourist in March 2006.

On October 27, 2006, retired Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi conducted training in Russia.  In 2007, he became the next private citizen to travel into space.
On October 27, 2006, retired Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi conducted training in Russia. In 2007, he became the next private citizen to travel into space.

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Charles Simonyi is also the only tourist to have twice experienced this experience with his second space trip in March 2009.

Charles Simonyi stands next to a flight simulator outside Moscow on March 4, 2009 in the city of Stars.
Charles Simonyi stands next to a flight simulator outside Moscow on March 4, 2009 in the city of Stars.

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2008 – Richard Allen Garriott

Richard Allen Garriott, a key figure in video games, joined the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2008 for $ 35 million and became the sixth space tourist.

2009 – Guy Laliberté

In 2009, it was the turn of the creator of Cirque du Soleil to get as close to the stars as possible.

After working in the circus for twenty-five years, I had to combine my eternal pleasure of travel with a new personal challenge.

On September 30, 2009, the Quebec billionaire offered himself an exclusive gift on the International Space Station (ISS) for his fiftieth birthday.

2021 – Richard Branson

In 2021, the media founder of Virgin Galactic will fly into space on Sunday, July 11.

We are ahead of a new space age

Launched in the western United States by the space travel company VSS Unity, the spacecraft he built allows him to sail at an altitude of 86 km in a few minutes. The new challenge won.

2021 – Jeff Bezos

Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk.
Mark Bezos, Jeff Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk.

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Nine days later, on July 20, Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos flew into space on a New Shepard rocket assembled by Blue Origin. In addition to the richest man on the planet, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Wallie Funk, 82, and Blue Origin’s first paying customer, 18-year-old Dutch Oliver Daemen, the oldest and youngest astronaut in history, respectively.

2021 – Jared Issakman

For the first time, four neophytes who have never traveled in space spend three days around the Earth.

Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, Chris Sembroski and Jared Isaacman.
Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor, Chris Sembroski and Jared Isaacman.

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SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 mission, funded by billionaire Jared Issacman, will take off on Sept. 16 to stay in orbit for three days. He is accompanied by assistant doctor Hayley Arceneaux, aviation engineer Chris Sembroski and science teacher Sian Proctor.

2021 – Jeff Bezos and William Shatner, actor of “Star Treck”

For the second time, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin capsule will fly back into space with the deck on October 12. William Shatner, the famous “Captain Kirk” from the series “Star Trek”. Thanks to his role in the TV series, anyone who travels into space finally discovers it at the age of 90:

“What you have given me is the most powerful experience I can imagine. I was very impressed by what happened. This is unusual. ”

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