Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, has booked himself a ride to space courtesy of Space Adventures, a Virginia company that arranges trips to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz rocket. His journey is scheduled for 2011.
What, he can’t wait for the Virgin Galactic joy ride?
Brin has a $5 million investment in Space Adventures, and the trip has cost others between $20 million and $40 million. No word on how much it’s costing him. But The New York Times reports there’s a little wrinkle that needs to be ironed out:
“Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian space agency, has said repeatedly that the seats for tourists could disappear in 2010, when the size of the station crew expands to six from three and requires more of the available seats on the Soyuz.
“Space Adventures has seats reserved for flights to the space station this October and April 2009.”
Then again, when that much Google money talks, who isn’t going to listen?