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Space Tourist Simonyi Prepares For Second Flight

kdawson posted about 6 years ago | from the frequent-blaster-discount dept.

Space 31

Toren Altair writes "Space Adventures announced today that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., intends to train with the Soyuz TMA-14 crew in preparation for a spring mission in 2009 to the International Space Station. Simonyi flew his first space mission in 2007. He would be the first space tourist to repeat the experience. Space Adventures' sixth orbital spaceflight participant, Richard Garriott, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, is currently scheduled to launch to the ISS on October 12 of this year."

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Space Tourist Simonyi (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25210343)

Can suck my dick.

Re:Space Tourist Simonyi (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25210643)

I'm not sure what you're getting at.

Is it that, since his physical characteristics include an oral cavity and, in addition, since he is capable of pulling a vacuum with said oral cavity he therefore is able to (a la, "he physically can") suck your alleged penis?

Or is it instead that you are giving him notice that you have granted him permission to suck said alleged penis?

Or is it that he is especially knowledgeable and skilled at the art of sucking your alleged penis, as in: wow, that dude can suck a penis, Franklin!

Re:Space Tourist Simonyi (1)

Aardpig (622459) | about 6 years ago | (#25213199)

You forgot to write 'Simonyi, PhD'. Remember, PhDs are difficulty to get, and people with them are important.

Re:Space Tourist Simonyi (1)

the_skywise (189793) | about 6 years ago | (#25213693)

I think you mean phdSimonyi...


Son of NASA astronaut? (5, Informative)

hweimer (709734) | about 6 years ago | (#25210475)

Come on, Richard Garriot [] (Lord British, of Ultima [] fame) is one of the founding fathers of the gaming industry as we know it, not just the son of some random astronaut ...

Re:Son of NASA astronaut? (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 6 years ago | (#25210617)

Well, I gotta say, much as I love Ultima, even random astronaut is still way cooler than legendary game developer.

Legendary game developer AND astronaut spawn, who himself is heading to space? That's pretty freaking awesome. Though yeah, should have been a part in there about him being Lord British. :)

Re:Son of NASA astronaut? (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | about 6 years ago | (#25211421)

There is something poetic about this; the whole following Dad's footsteps thing (albeit maybe just a taste of what Dad did). I'm also amused by the idea that Richard managed to get to space via the Houston Science Fair... just not quite the route one would expect.

Re:Son of NASA astronaut? (1)

snuf23 (182335) | about 6 years ago | (#25213091)

It should also be noted that Owen Garriott spent 60 days in Skylab and was also onboard for the Shuttle's SpaceLab mission. Perhaps extra poetic that Richard's destination is the ISS.

Re:Son of NASA astronaut? (2, Insightful)

lysergic.acid (845423) | about 6 years ago | (#25212013)

yes, perhaps being an astronaut _is_ cooler than being a legendary game developer (depends on how legendary, really), but being the son of an astronaut is not more noteworthy than actually being the developer of Ultima.

it's rather insulting to refer to someone by their relations when they've already made a name for themselves based on their own merits.

Re:Son of NASA astronaut? (1)

waffledoodle (1070284) | about 6 years ago | (#25211383)

He is also a nice guy and throws awesome parties.

Re:Son of NASA astronaut? (1)

elysiana (1152995) | about 6 years ago | (#25214511)

Apparently Owen Garriott [] spent time aboard SpaceLab, and Richard will be the first [] second-generation American astronaut. I'd say they're pointing out the relation because it's so significant, not because they're downplaying his own fame.

WTF Charlie? (0, Troll)

LibertineR (591918) | about 6 years ago | (#25210517)

You said you had no spare cash on you, when I paid for Sushi.

Payup bitch! I KNOW you got it!

Quit hogging the Soyuz! (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | about 6 years ago | (#25210527)

Come on man, give someone else a chance to ride.

Re:Quit hogging the Soyuz! (2, Insightful)

isBandGeek() (1369017) | about 6 years ago | (#25210609)

I suspect the demand for space tourism is rather low at the current price. Not everyone would drop $20 million on a flight even if they had the money.

Re:Quit hogging the Soyuz! (1)

Fred_A (10934) | about 6 years ago | (#25212457)

Apparently a lot of bankers are ending up with a lot more cash than they initially expected. So maybe space tourism will finally take off.

Re:Quit hogging the Soyuz! (1)

Haoie (1277294) | about 6 years ago | (#25210969)

Oh nobody's stopping you.

So long as you have a few million bucks lying around.

If we can send one Microsoft alumnus to space ... (1)

David Gerard (12369) | about 6 years ago | (#25210541)

... can we send the rest of them? []

Dude, buy some carbon offsets for that SUV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25210587)

If you're gonna be doing this every other day pls. buy some carbon offsets. And I thought driving a Hummer was gratuitously bad for *our* environment.

Re:Dude, buy some carbon offsets for that SUV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25214629)

Well, he heard that getting a hummer was awesome, so he tried one and bought it. Sadly, MS ppl were never that bright, which is why few propagate. They just steal.

Martha will be so proud... (1)

ivandavidoff (969036) | about 6 years ago | (#25210721)

And that's a good thing!

Shorter Title (2, Funny)

kylben (1008989) | about 6 years ago | (#25210791)

nTripsToSpace++; would have said the same thing more succinctly.

Re:Shorter Title (1)

SomeJoel (1061138) | about 6 years ago | (#25210957)

No, that title would be stupid on many levels.

Re:Shorter Title (1)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | about 6 years ago | (#25212037)

Finally! I've been waging war over 6 (and above) word titles for quite some time now! Infact, I've done some preliminary research on up to 4 word reduction also.

Unfortunately, I got rather a snotty marketing letter back when I sent Pete Jackson my plans to rename his opus to (Lord). These Hollywood hacks threaten our very existence with their redundancy.

Re:Shorter Title (1)

krem81 (578167) | about 6 years ago | (#25214355)

I'm surprised it took so long to get a Hungarian notation joke in. I'm even more surprised it's not modded higher.

Re:Shorter Title (2, Funny)

jonaskoelker (922170) | about 6 years ago | (#25215393)

Well, let's be precise here.

lpszAstronautName = "Simonyi";
dZ_EarthAstronaut = cKilometers(36000.0); // not _centi_ kilometers, _class_ kilometers.
hvsl = cShuttle::m_getSingleton();
hdst = rgspcstn[I18N];
hvsl.launch(g_getAstronaut(lpszAstronautName), hdst);

Re:Shorter Title (1)

beav007 (746004) | about 6 years ago | (#25215599)

Do we not want him back? Or are we relying on auto garbage collection?


Re:Shorter Title (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | about 6 years ago | (#25231489)

We better take him out before we put hvsl, the shuttle, into the destructor!

Re:Shorter Title (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25219151)

Good god, that's some of the ugliest sample code I've ever seen in my life.

Hooked on Soyuz... (1)

GlobalColding (1239712) | about 6 years ago | (#25210849)

What happens on Soyuz, stays on Soyuz. Once you've gone Soyuz you'll never go back. In Soviet Union - Soyuz ebet vseh (dammit doesnt let me post Cyrillic). And so on, and so on. Smithers, release the hounds!

He's not a tourist at all! (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | about 6 years ago | (#25215769)

If he's preparing for a mission, I would say he's not a tourist.
The latter is supposed to go in the outer space just for fun.
Or not?

I have no interest in visting outer space... (1)

PinkyDead (862370) | about 6 years ago | (#25216929)'s got far too touristy.

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