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NSS HAILS THE RESTART OF SPACE TOURISM AND THE NEXT PRIVATE SPACE EXPLORER, DR. GREGORY OLSEN

Published by spacecowboy on Thu Apr 1, 2004 12:17 am
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chabot imageWASHINGTON, D.C. National Space Society Executive Director George Whitesides issued the following statement following the announcement on March 29th by Space Adventures that Dr. Gregory Olsen will be the next ‘private space explorer’ to ride a Soyuz spacecraft into orbit.
“NSS members welcome the continuing support of space tourism by the Russian government and Space Adventures. As a private space flight passenger, Dr. Olsen continues in the tradition of technically knowledgeable entrepreneurs like Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth.
Private space explorers like Dr. Olsen are making a significant contribution to the space program, both financially and scientifically. They bring much needed funds to the Russian government at a time when the US and others are constrained in their ability to help. Dr. Olsen’s bold decision also demonstrates the strong level of interest in public space travel. “We commend Dr. Olsen’s pledge to promote spaceflight via school appearances after his return from space. Continuing development of space technology in all countries will bring down the cost of human spaceflight, so that more people can experience it firsthand.
Finally, we note that Dr. Olsen is currently planning to launch in April 2005 onboard a Soyuz rocket. We note with excitement that the next private citizens to go to space may well be before this, with the expected suborbital launch of X PRIZE competitors later this year. The growing number of private space tourism opportunities heralds the arrival of a new age of space travel.” More Info

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