Monday, April 9, 2007
Former Microsoft developer Charles Simonyi (middle) finally reached the International Space Station (ISS) as another proud space tourist. Simonyi, who has his own company now, developed Microsoft software such as Word. He paid $25 million for the ride. Together with two cosmonauts, he took off from a launch pad in the Central Asian steppe. He brought gourmet food by Martha Stewart, who is a close friend of his. The success of the trip is seen as the start of a new age of space tourism, even as new spacecraft are designed to specifically carry tourists into space. Simonyi is the world's fifth space tourist.