IN SPACE, no one can hear you scream. But you can still blog, heh. US billionaire Charles Simonyi, who helped develop Microsoft Word and Excel, has arrived at the International Space Station as a space tourist, and he 's blogging about his out-of-this-world experience. Here's an excerpt from his entry on launch day:
Today is launch dayâa beautiful morning in Baikonur. I slept well a nd woke up around 10 this morning. We were fed a breakfast of low residue food, then the doctors got hold of us to check our vital signs and give us an alcoho l rubdown.Â We had a lot of fun with family and guests who came to see me after visiting the pad with the rocket and reported that there was a brief rain show er and a wonderful rainbow afterwards. I am really looking forward to the fligh t. Around 4 in the afternoon we will have a little celebration, and take the bus t o 254, where we suit up, meet with the Government Commission again before the f light. I have a nice statement that I prepared in Russianâwith help from Vlad a nd my other instructorsâso it should be fun. Just before boarding the bus, in s pacesuits, parade boots and white parade gloves we walk up to spots painted in the tarmac, and Oleg will declare our readiness to fly to the Chairman of the G overnment Commission. We will be each supported by a doctor so that we do not t rip or take the wrong turn in the awkward space suits, that are better for sitt ing in than for walking. Then off we go on the bus, waving to the families and friends.