Dr. Charles Simonyi is the Microsoft millionaire who is currently the fifth civilian in space. He is also an Amateur Radio operator, or Ham. Charles, KE7KDP, is said to have paid US$25 million to the Russian space program to make the trip. You can visit with him via his website, Charles in Space.
The website is pretty neat, has a kid's section, pod cast, live mission coverage, chat option, ask Charles feature, and a view out the window. Check it out.
Charles 'told a fellow space traveler, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates may be planning to venture into space. Tomorrow, Simonyi and his new space friends will enjoy a six-course meal, compliments of Martha Stewart.'
Stewart attended Simonyi's launch from Kazakhstan and selected a gourmet meal for him to carry to the station. On Monday, she told him from Russian mission control that he was "out of this world."
Simonyi, who was born in Hungary and emigrated to the United States where he joined Microsoft as it was starting up, ... (more)
Nice gig if you've got the millions.
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