Google Co-Founder Books a Space Flight
Space tourists are getting their own ride. Space Adventures, a Virginia company that arranges passage for wealthy explorers to ride on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station, plans to buy a Soyuz flight all its own in 2011, with the option of buying more.
A new investor is likely to occupy one of the two available seats on Space Adventures’ 2011 flight: Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google. He made a $5 million investment in the company that will serve as a deposit on a future flight.
What is up with these rich guys who do these wacky and dangerous stunts?
Me, if I had a few billion, I am not buying space flights, or trying to fly a hot air balloon around the world like Richard Branson did. I am buying an island and laying on the beach having grapes peeled for me by some Natalie Portman lookalikes. Hell, maybe even Natalie herself.