Charles Simonyi - Citizen Spaceflight Astronaut

Charles Simonyi - Citizen Spaceflight Astronaut

What is remarkable about Simonyi, a Hungarian-born American businessman, is the fact that he paid not once for a flight to the ISS, but twice- once for a ride on Soyuz TMA-10 in 2007, and again in April of 2009, when he flew on Soyuz TMA-14.

Dr. Simonyi holds current licenses for multi-engine jets and helicopters, and has logged more than 2000 hours of flying time, which goes some way toward realizing his dreams of advancing space flight for civilians.…

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Anousheh Ansari - Citizen Spaceflight Astronaut

Anousheh Ansari - Citizen Spaceflight Astronaut

When space tourism resumed with the Discovery mission (STS-114) in July of 2005 after the Colombia tragedy, Iranian-born Anousheh Ansari became the first female private space tourist when she flew to the ISS on Soyuz TMA-9 on September 18th, 2006, since the return of the Shuttle fleet to active service had freed up seats on the Russian Soyuz rockets.

A shining example of the American dream, Ansari came to the US when she was a teenager that could not speak English…

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