Space Adventures Announces the Next Private Citizen Astronaut
Commercial space flight will take another giant leap forward on Monday, March
29th with Space Adventures’ announcement of the next private citizen astronaut
in New York City.
The private sector astronaut’s identity will be revealed at a press conference
by Eric Anderson, President and CEO of Space Adventures, along with Norman
Thagard, retired NASA astronaut.
Here’s what we can reveal; the next space tourist is an American entrepreneur,
who holds a PhD in the sciences. He or she hopes to be able to conduct
scientific research onboard the ISS and wants to inspire young people to study
science and technology.
S/he is to begin cosmonaut training next month at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center in Star City, Russia (for approximately six months) and will go
on a mission to the International Space Station on a Soyuz-TMA spacecraft
launched from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
In addition to tourism, the mission will provide much-needed supplies to the
International Space Station. The mission continues Space Adventures record of
opening the space frontier to private citizens.
This Story Includes:
The next private space explorer
Norman Thagard, retired NASA astronaut.
Eric Anderson, President & CEO, Space Adventures.
The next private space explorer training for his or her Space Adventure
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