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Scott
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posted 05-18-2004 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3724841.stm

Glint
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posted 05-18-2004 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What did they mean in the story by the following line?

The achievement comes at a time when it is widely expected that the first private astronaut will go into space in the next few weeks.

I thought that Tito was the first.

Scott
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posted 05-18-2004 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are right - the way they phrased it is not technically correct.

They mean someone in a launch not involving government. Tito was a private citizen but he was launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-18-2004 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A bit more (accurate) detail is here:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/05/17/100/?nc=1

And though not yet updated, the CSXT website is here:
http://www.civilianspace.com/

(You can sign up to win a coin flown on this mission.)

Team Claims Success With Rocket Launch (AP)
http://tinyurl.com/yvfzs

[This message has been edited by Robert Pearlman (edited May 18, 2004).]

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