At one time explorers who sailed the Atlantic Ocean to the New World were embarking on a dangerous journey into unknown territory. They were followed by men who sought the North and South Poles. Space travel by private citizens was only dreamed about.
Today U.S. billionaire tourist, Charles Simonyi, on board a Soyuz capsule carrying a Russian cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka, and an American astronaut, Michael Barratt, docked at the International Space Station. This is Simonyi’s second trip as a paying customer to the space station. He will be returning to Earth on April 7 with cosmonaut, Yuri Lonchakov, and NASA astronaut, Michael Fincke. Any future trips will be put on hold as the space station’s permanent crew is expanding from three to six.
It is only a matter of time before other private citizens will be taking space trips.