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Saturday, April 01, 2006

New Orbital Space Tourists Sign-Up with Russians

Two new space tourists are 'good to go' to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft after having signed contracts with Russian space officials. "Dice-K" Daisuke Enomoto has become a pop culture icon in Japan. He is undergoing cosmonaut training for a Soyuz booster flight departing the Baikonur Cosmodrome for the fall 2006. Enomoto will become the 4th space tourist to the ISS following Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, and Greg Olsen.

American entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari (founder of the the Ansari X-Prize) will serve as Enomoto's backup spaceflight participant. She may become the world's 1st female space tourist in 2007. Ansari's Texas-based firm Prodea has partnered with Space Adventures to build the spaceports being planned in the Middle East and Asia before the end of the decade. The Prodea firm is also investing in the Russian-made "Explorer" tourist spacecraft to launch from the new commercial spaceport facilities.

A Russian federal space official said that space tourists will only be enabled to go if they have a serious scentific inquiry to make while on-orbit. A Code of Conduct for spaceflight participants aboard the ISS were adopted some time ago.

3 comments:

Clance' McClannahan said...

MY dream....
Nice blog!!

Clance' McClannahan said...

MY dream....
Nice blog!!

Clance' McClannahan said...

I am going to give you a shout out on my "other" blog. Good work.