Friday, April 3, 2009
US space tourist's return put off by a day
There is this billionaire American space tourist in the middle of his second stay aboard. The second stay aboard was on the international space station. He will return to Earth a day later than planned due to flooding at the landing site. This is what Russian officials said today. The Federal Space Agency said a Soyuz capsule carrying former Microsoft executive Charles Simonyi. The capsule was also carrying two other crew members which are now set to land in Kazakhstan next Wednesday. Mikhail Polukhin is the chief of Russia's Aviation. He is also the chielf of the Space Rescue Service. Mikhail Polukhin told the press that the landing was postponed because the original landing site has been affected by spring flooding. The landing site was near the city of Arkalyk. Polukhin said that the new site was moved a little further south to an area about 135 kilometers. This site is northeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan. Simonyi is 60 years old. Simonyi will return to Earth with U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov. Simonyi boarded the orbital station on Saturday. This was after a two day trip from Earth. This is the world's first two time space tourist. This is all I know about this subject.