Space tourist visits Kan. Cosmosphere

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A computer software executive who’s made two flights to the International Space Station as a space tourist, visited the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

The Wichita Eagle reports ( Charles Simonyi toured the Cosmosphere Sunday with its chief executive officer, Dick Hollowell, and Jim Remar, president and chief operating officer.

Simonyi said he particularly liked the exhibits charting the space race during the 1950s and 1960s between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Simonyi led the Microsoft teams that developed Word and Excel and is one of five so-called space tourists. He has paid for two flights into space to live two weeks aboard the International Space Station. His first flight was in 2007, the second in 2009. He says each trip cost between $20 million and $25 million.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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