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Rejected 'space tourist' sues

November 22, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Japanese millionaire Daisuke Enomoto spent $21 million to become a space tourist but accuses the company that was supposed make it happen of brushing him aside with little more than "sorry, no refunds."

A federal judge in Alexandria heard arguments in Enomoto's lawsuit against Space Adventures, which made its name brokering deals with the Russian space agency to put half a dozen "space tourists" in orbit for $20 million or more.

Space Adventures wants the lawsuit thrown out, saying Enomoto was disqualified in 2006 because of a chronic kidney-stone condition. They say his money is nonrefundable.

Enomoto says that the kidney stones were an excuse and that he was not allowed to launch in part because he refused Space Adventures' demands for more money.

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