Happy fifth anniversary, Dennis Tito!

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of the “first” commercial space tourist, Dennis Tito, on a Soyuz taxi flight to the ISS. (There are other “tourists” who flew in space before Tito, ranging from Helen Sharman to the politicians who got rides on the shuttle; Tito, at least, is the first tourist who paid his own fare.) Tito’s plans for today are unknown, although he spent yesterday at Purdue University, giving a talk there last night. You can see him this coming Thursday at the International Space Development Conference in LA: he’s scheduled to appear at the Orbit Awards Banquet there Thursday night.

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