Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Bill Gates to Outer Space?
Microsoft Corporation tycoon Bill Gates is reportedly considering a space flight to the International Space Station cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin told journalists in a video link-up from the orbiting space station today.
"Charles [Simonyi ]said that Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space," the cosmonaut said adding, "So the next time someone will be with Bill Gates. For me this is the biggest surprise of our flight."
Gates, the wealthiest human being estimated at over $56-billion, visited the Russian the cosmonaut training center at Star City near Moscow several months ago.
Space Adventures spokesperson Stacey Tearne told SPACE.com that the firm has not yet been contacted by Gates about a possible orbital spaceflight, but the company does have its next candidate in mind.
“We will be announcing an identity of our next orbital client,” Tearne said, adding the announcement could come within the next eight weeks.
The firm has secured seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft for private spaceflights in 2008 and 2009, Tearne said.