Thursday, July 07, 2005

very clever, Mr. Bond

Roskosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, has accepted American businessman Gregory Olsen to become the third civilian passenger to ride in space, scheduling him for an October launch to visit the International Space Station. Mr. Olsen's shuns the label of "tourist" for his excursion, explaining that he will be doing extensive research and experimentation on the effects of the free-fall "weightless" environment on the growth of crystals during his stay.

Does that mean that he will be able to write off the entire twenty million or so dollars that one of these journeys costs as a business expense? If so, good move, Gregory! Have a safe trip, and may civilians travelling in space become as ordinary as civilians travelling in automobiles.

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