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Kamis, 13 Januari 2011

Russia will open a Soyuz spacecraft for travelers

Russia will open a Soyuz spacecraft back to her for travelers paying in 2013 after failing to bring tourists into space since 2009.

According to the company that organized the trip with the Russian space agency , starting 2013, the three space tourists per year will be able to book a seat in the Soyuz flight to the International Space Station (ISS), it is clear the company is headquartered in Virginia, United States, Space Adventures, said in a statement.

The company has signed an agreement with Russian space agency and Energia, the state-owned company which designs Soyuz capsule, to offer commercial flights.

Leaders Energia, Vitaly Lopota, as quoted by a company based in Virginia, said that, "We are very pleased to continue the space tourism."

The flight will be possible in 2013 when Russia plans to increase production of its Soyuz capsule from four to five per year. The addition will increase the number of Soyuz flights to five per year.

The last space tourist Canadians Guy Laliberte, billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, which returned to Earth in October 2009 after 11-day flight.

The first space tourist, Denis Tito, had traveled to the ISS in 2001. Overall, the seven space travelers have been taking part in the mission.

Laliberte did not reveal the cost of tickets, but its predecessor, American software pioneer Charles Simonyi, has paid U.S. $ 35 million for that journey.

Since returning Laliberte, Russia has limited flight Soyuz spacecraft with three of his seat only to professionals, when the U.S. space agency NASA prepares to retire shuttle itself from the task.

NASA plans to send the shuttle Endeavour her into space for the last time that was scheduled to fly in April this year. After that Russian Soyuz will be the only way to reach the ISS.

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