Dennis Tito, first space tourist

Dennis Tito, first space tourist

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Caption: Dennis Tito, first space tourist, on the International Space Station (ISS). Tito (left), an American multimillionaire, paid $20 million (almost £14 million) to join as a spaceflight participant on board the Soyuz TM-32. Tito is seen here with (from left to right), Talgat Musabayev, the commander of the spacecraft and Yuri Baturin and James S. Voss, the flight engineers. The purpose of the Russian launch of Soyuz TM-32 on 28 April 2001 was to carry new crew and supplies to the International Space Station. The whole trip lasted 7 days, 22 hours and 4 minutes and orbited Earth 128 times. Dennis Tito opposed the label of 'tourist', as the former scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory performed several scientific experiments in orbit.

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