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May 10, 2001 |
Do-it-yourself astronaut Dennis Tito returned home to Los Angeles on Wednesday, pledging to spend the rest of his life trying to open space travel to ordinary people. The Pacific Palisades financier, who reportedly paid Russia $20 million for a ride to and from the International Space Station, said he wants to help create a commercial venture that would shuttle tourists into space at a much lower cost.
May 9, 2001 |
Dennis Tito was as true to form Tuesday on Earth as in the heavens: enthusiastic, philosophical and unapologetic about having ruffled some NASA feathers by going into space on a Russian rocket. Facing reporters at his first full news conference since Sunday's Soyuz capsule landing in Kazakhstan, the pioneer of space tourism said his eight-day voyage, including six aboard the International Space Station, would prove to be beneficial in the long run for NASA, for U.S.
May 7, 2001 |
Dennis Tito returned to a hero's welcome--just not from his own country. A lone American flag hastily put up at Chkalovsky military airport represented the United States on Sunday at the welcoming ceremony for the world's first "space tourist." No representative of NASA or the U.S. government was on hand for the brief formal procedure near here that officially concluded the first individually paid sightseeing trip to outer space.
May 3, 2001 |
History's first paid space tourist got his trip to orbit in the "wrong way," and his Russian hosts may end up having to pay for it, the chief of NASA said Wednesday. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin told a House subcommittee that Dennis Tito, 60, a Los Angeles multimillionaire who ignored the objections of NASA and paid Russia $20 million to fly him to the space station, has caused anxiety among space workers who oversee the mission's safety.
April 29, 2001 |
With a smile and a wave, Los Angeles multimillionaire Dennis Tito rocketed into the heavens Saturday in a flawless launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome that officially made him the world's first "space tourist." As the Soyuz rocket in which he was strapped spewed fire and began to climb slowly skyward, Tito calmly checked his watch and a sheet of launch instructions and occasionally waved again at the cockpit camera.
April 28, 2001 |
When Dennis Tito's sons were young, he told the boys that they could do anything if they set their minds to it. "So I tried to imagine the most impossible thing I could, and that was jumping to the moon," recalls Brad Tito, now 23. "Well, guess what? Dad's jumping to the moon." Not quite all the way to the moon. But if all goes as planned, Tito today will become the world's first "space tourist"--not the first civilian to venture into the heavens but the first to pay his own passage.