Saturday, April 21, 2007

Space Tourism

RTE Radio 1 news bulletin at 2.00pm today opened with an item about the return to earth of the Soyuz capsule carrying space tourist Charles Simonyi, who paid $25m for the two-week return trip to the International space station.

Simonyi is one of the Microsoft billionaires. To have such an item opening the news, I thought for a moment that something had gone wrong on the re-entry and, god forgive me, I thought “that’ll teach them”.

However, the item merely confirmed a safe landing by the Soyuz in Kazakhstan. There were a number of other domestic political stories which could have led the bulletin, I don’t understand what got this one promoted and caused my hopes to be raised for a couple of seconds.

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