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Next space tourist will travel to ISS not earlier than in the spring of 2009
Next space tourist will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) not earlier than in the spring of 2009, Alexei Krasnov, head of the manned programmes department of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) told journalists on Tuesday. The name of next space tourist is to be announced soon by the Space Adventures Company, which by agreement wit the Roscosmos engages in the marketing of travels to the ISS. "We are not in a hurry in this respect. The name of next space tourist will be known after the return of (Charles) Simonyi," Krasnov said with a smile following the docking of the Soyuz TMA-10 spaceship with the ISS on Monday night, Moscow time. The spaceship delivered to orbit the ISS-15 mission crew and the fifth space tourist, Hungarian-born American Charles Simonyi, one of the founders of the Microsoft Corporation. Right up to the year 2008 all seats aboard Soyuz spaceships have been assigned already, Krasnov recalled. However, he declined to give the name of a person who would travel to the ISS aboard a Soyuz TMA-13 in the autumn of 2008. "This is a secret so far," he said. Neither is it clear aboard which spaceship next space tourist would travel. "We are busy drawing up diagrams of space flights for 2009, proceeding from the assumption that the ISS will be manned by six-member crews. Therefore, it is not clear so far which particular spaceship will be used for tourist to travel," Krasnov pointed out. "As for prospects for a flight of Russian space tourist, they have not been examined so far", he said.
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