Space Tourism Stable Despite Dwindling Number of Billionaires

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Charles Simonyi, a US billionaire of Microsoft fame, set a record today as the world’s only two-time space tourist. From the Times of India:

Hungarian-born Simonyi, 60, who made much of his fortune developing software at Microsoft, travelled into space in the cramped interior of the Soyuz rocket alongside Padalka and US astronaut Michael Barratt. Simonyi…paid a total of $60 million for his two space trips.

Space Adventures admitted its business had been affected by the global financial crisis. “The number of billionaires has been cut in half,” Anderson told Reuters, but added that demand for space trips appeared to be stable for now.

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