As much as I can understand this guy’s being willing to fork over $25 *Million*
dollars for a 13 day trip to the international space station, I can’t
help thinking that there’s a LOT of things that he could have done with
that kind of money.

It’s not like his really expensive fare is going to go very far in
funding any part of a space program… funding for that kind of thing
runs in the Billions and one guy, even with 25 million, isn’t
going to have that much affect. Except of course for all of the free
publicity he’s gotten.

U.S.
Billionaire Heads to Space Station

TurnAround writes "According to an International Business Times
article, a Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped
develop Microsoft Word roared into the night skies over Kazakhstan
Saturday, sending Charles Simonyi and two cosmonauts soaring into
orbit on a two-day journey to the international space station.
Climbing on a column of smoke and fire into the clouds over the bleak
steppes, the Soyuz TMA-10 capsule lifted off at 11:31 p.m. local time,
casting an orange glow over the Baikonur cosmodrome and dozens of
officials and well-wishers watching from about a mile away."

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