Space & Astronomy
World's first space tourist 10 years on
By T.K. Randall
April 30, 2011 · 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
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