RUSSIA TO REOPEN SPACE TOURISM IN 2013

Good news everyone! Space Adventures Ltd. said it agreed with Russia to expand flight opportunities starting in 2013. Three seats for flights to ISS will become available after Russia adds a fifth Soyuz spacecraft to the current four per year.

From 2013, three space tourists per year will be able to book seats on Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS), the Virginia-based company, Space Adventures, said in a statement.

The last space tourist was the Canadian Guy Laliberte, the billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, who returned to Earth in October 2009 after an 11-day flight.

The first space tourist, Denis Tito, travelled to the ISS in 2001. All together, seven space tourists have taken part in missions.

Laliberte did not reveal the cost of his ticket, but his predecessor, US software pioneer Charles Simonyi, paid $35 million for his trip.

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