A Look Back at Space Tourism Version 1.0 as New Gaggle of Millionauts Prepares to Fly

The first space tourist, Dennis Tito, poses with Soyuz TM-32 crew mates Talgat Musabayev, and Yuri Baturin in 2001. (Credit: NASA)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

For eight years, they thundered aloft in cramped Russian spacecraft from a former Soviet spaceport in Kazakhstan, battling bureaucracy and gravity to blaze a trail across the heavens and redefine what it meant to be a space traveler. No longer would access to orbit be limited to highly trained astronauts chosen on merit and working on behalf of their nations; instead, space would be open to any sufficiently healthy people with enough money and moxie to qualify.

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Millionaut Updates: Garriott Talks, Shuttleworth Honored

A couple of updates:

Richard Garriott talked to children at the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas, on Thursday about his trip into space. MyFoxAustin.com has video.

On that same day, South African Mark Shuttleworth was among 24 Captonians awarded civic honours for outstanding contributions in various fields. The website IOL reports:

“Shuttleworth and community leader Tahir Levy were invited to sign the Civic Honours Book in recognition of their service to the city.  Shuttleworth’s father, Rick, collected the award on his behalf.”