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Latest update : 2008-06-14

Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, bought one of the two first tickets for a trip to the International Space Station in 2011. He paid a 5 million US dollar deposit for the flight to the company Space Adventures.

The first private space flight to the International Space Station will blast off in 2011 in a deal with the Russian space agency, the US company Space Adventures said Wednesday.

Google cofounder Sergey Brin will occupy one of the two available seats for "private space explorers," the company said, noting they were "offered to not only individual explorers but also to businesses, organizations, and institutions."

"The Soyuz to be used for this mission shall be a specially manufactured craft, separate from the other Soyuz vehicles designated for the transportation of the ISS crews," said Alexey Krasnov of the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation.

"This private mission, flying two Space Adventures clients at once, will not interfere with the implementation of the ISS program or the obligations of the Russian space agency; on the contrary it shall add flexibility and redundancy to our ISS transportation capabilities."

Virginia-based Space Adventures arranges space flights for ultrawealthy clients, and Brin is a new investor in the company.

Brin, Google's technology president, made a five-million-dollar investment as a deposit on a future flight, making him a "Founding Explorer," the company said.

"I am a big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier, and am looking forward to the posibility of going into space," Brin said in a statement.

Date created : 2008-06-11