Russian space tourist candidates

The Russian space agency Roskosmos is reviewing applications from several Russians reportedly interested in flying to the ISS as space tourists, the Russian publication Kommersant reported. Space Adventures has reserved the available seat on Soyuz taxi flights to the ISS in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, so it’s not clear from this article what role Roskosmos is playing here; the article states that Alexey Krasnov, head of Roskosmos manned flight programs. “appeared never doubting Roskosmos ability to agree with Space Adventures on the issue.” Space Adventures announced last month that it had finalized contracts with Roskosmos for those two flights and would announce who would go on those flights in the “coming weeks”.

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