London, United Kingdom
Dennis Tito, First Space Tourist
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Dennis Tito, first space tourist, on the International Space Station (ISS). Tito, an American multimillionaire, paid $20 million (almost £14 million) to join as a spaceflight participant on board the Soyuz TM-32. Tito (centre) tries to balance in microgravity conditions, aided by Talgat Musabayev (right), the commander of the spacecraft. The purpose of the Russian launch of Soyuz TM-32 on 28 April 2001 was to carry new crew and supplies to the International Space Station. The whole trip lasted 7days, 22 hours and 4 minutes and orbited Earth 128 times. Dennis Tito opposed the label of 'tourist', as the former scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory performed several scientific experiments in orbit.
May 8th, 2013
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