Google Co-Founder Buys Ticket For Space Flight

June 11, 2008

Google co-founder Sergey Brin paid $5 million to become a passenger on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, a space craft scheduled to make a future orbital space flight.

In a statement, Brin credits Space Adventures with helping “open the space frontier to private citizens”, which will also host the first private space flight to the international space station in 2011, Space Adventures spokeswoman Stacey Tearne said. The mission is part of a deal with the Russian Federal Space Agency (FSA).

Space Adventures launched the world’s first privately funded mission in 2001.
Its sixth mission set for October will include its sixth customer, Richard Garriot, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriot, who paid $35 million for his seat.