Simonyi is in space

Charles Simonyi is now officially the fifth commercial space tourist (or passenger, or whatever—let’s not start that debate again). The Soyuz TMA-10 carrying Simonyi and two Russian cosmonauts lifted off from Baikonur Saturday at 1:31 pm EDT and entered orbit nine minutes later. The Soyuz is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Monday afternoon. Simonyi will remain at the ISS until April 20—the longest spaceflight ever for a commercial passenger—returning to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft along with two current members of the ISS crew.

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