Google Co-Founder Books Ticket to Ride Into Space

June 11th, 2008 at 12:00 am

 sergey brin

Space Adventures made the announcement Wednesday in Manhattan that Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin will be going to space as a tourist.  The search engine billionaire has booked a flight through the Virginia-based company costing him about $5 million.

So far, Space Adventure has sent five tourists up to space and the sixth will be scheduled to blast off in October.  He paid $35 million.

Sergey Brin’s rather cheap ticket to space is due to a new deal Space adventures struck with the Russian Space agency to use Soyuz rockets to send tourists to the International Space Station.  The flight will be in 2011, the first completely private launch and two seats will be available.

This comes as a coincidental surprise that Google has just leased a property from NASA in Mountain View CA for a new Research and development facility.  However, it’s kinda funny that NASA did not give Brin a ticket to space on a Space shuttle instead of Brin buying his ticket from Space Adventures.

Anyway, like other millionaire’s in space, I hope they make it cheap enough for everybody else in this lifetime.