Tito Launches!

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Sat Apr 28 2001 - 12:09:06 PDT

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    In case you haven't heard, Dennis Tito has launched on schedule this
    morning.  This a historic event for several reasons:
    
    1)  The first time a tourist has gone into space.  The commerization of
    space is necessary in order for launch prices to drop, and this is the
    milestone event.  Russia seems committed to launch anyone who comes with
    enough money.  This could fuel this business.  Russia (specifically, its
    cash-strapped space program) will lower launch costs as much as possible
    in order to get more ticket-buyers.  It will lower the cost of getting
    into space and orbit.  This is really the major barrier keeping the
    masses chained to the Earth.
    
    2)  The is one of the only times that three manned vehicles have been in
    orbit - AT ONCE.
    
    3)  As far as I can tell, this is a new record - never before have so
    many people - 13 of them -been in space at one time!
    
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    Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
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