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World's first space tourist 10 years on

By T.K. Randall
April 30, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments



Image Credit: NASA
Millionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist on an eight day trip costing $20m.
"There was absolutely no fear. I was so excited and so were my crew mates," he says. "We were going to be in space, and we thought of nothing else, but the success of that mission. So there was absolutely no apprehension - it was just a really good, euphoric feeling that finally the day had come."
Mr Tito blasted off on 28 April 2001, but only after a struggle to get anyone to take him - the US space agency Nasa refused on the grounds that he was not a trained astronaut, so it was the Russians who facilitated the trip.


Source: BBC News | Comments (6)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by paul the walrus 12 years ago
He should be proud and tell some of the people in this world who are starving to death "HEY LOOK AT ME, I WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH/STRONG ENOUGH TO BE AN ASTRONAUT SO I PAID 20 MILLION TO GO!" What a waste, just imagine the good he could have done with this money, karma is gonna catch up with this guy I hope.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
He should be proud and tell some of the people in this world who are starving to death "HEY LOOK AT ME, I WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH/STRONG ENOUGH TO BE AN ASTRONAUT SO I PAID 20 MILLION TO GO!" Except he had to pass all the same tests that any non-paying scientist from outside the cosmonaut corps would have to taken in order to fly, so he WAS good enough and strong enough to be a cosmonaut(Daisuke Enomoto of Japan, despite having the money in place, failed the medicals and was grounded). What a waste, just imagine the good he could have done with this money, karma is gonna catch up with this guy I h... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by BlazedAzz 12 years ago
one man who gets to see my kind of point of view.as an outsider
Comment icon #4 Posted by paul the walrus 12 years ago
I take it you own no luxuries, and give every penny you don't actually need to charity. I take it you never take holidays. If not don't you think you are being a little hypocritical? That statement is a joke, I have never and will never spend 20 million dollars on a vacation. Anyone who does needs a reality check and should feel guilty for taking so much for themselves. It is not just the rich that can do good with their money. He earned his money, he pays his taxes, he like everyone else, has the right to do with it as he pleases. Sure, he has the right to do what ever he pleases with his 20 ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by mktexan 12 years ago
I completely disagree with you Paul. If men did not have goals then we would still be hunting wild animals and living in caves. The fact that he accomplished his goal of going into space and never gave up on it is amazing. It shows that a human can do anything when their mind is set on it. Good for him! Who cares if he didn't feed the starving children of Africa with that money? These problems will never go away until the corruption in world politics is destroyed.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timonthy 12 years ago
That statement is a joke, I have never and will never spend 20 million dollars on a vacation. Anyone who does needs a reality check and should feel guilty for taking so much for themselves. It's all relative, I'm sure there are people out there who would think that you live a life of greed and guilt, although you probably don't. Sure, he has the right to do what ever he pleases with his 20 million, too bad he was so selfish that just he spent it all on a vacation. Again, imagine if this guy had a heart or cared about people, he could have made a real difference in this world. Paulrus the Walru... [More]


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