Ex-Microsoft man is next space tourist
First ‘nerd’ in space, he says
The man who led the development of Microsoft’s Word and Excel programs is about to be sent into space.
This is not, as you might surmise, a one way trip paid for by hacked-off accountants and people who looked like they “might be writing a letter”, but a voluntary trip he’s paying for himself.
In fact, Charles Simonyi, 58, is set to become the 450th person in space, and the fifth amateur cosmonaut to fly to the International Space Station (ISS). He also claims to be the first nerd heading for orbit.
He is slated to take off on 9 March, 2007, provided he completes his training and passes all the medical tests.
Simonyi told the BBC that he had three goals: “One of them is to advance civilian spaceflight, the second to assist space station research, and the third to involve kids in space sciences,” he said.
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