According to a number of big news outlets, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has booked himself a seat on a future orbital space flight, for the bargain price of $5 million. Whilst that might not sound like the cheapest long-distance trip you could snap up, it’s quite a bargain when you hear that a seat on the next flight was just bought for $35 million. Further digging however reveals that the $5 million he has forked out is only a deposit, so let’s hope the Google shares stay buoyant in the next 3 years.
Brin (pictured) is a keen space tourist in the making, with a previous trip in a zero gravity plane back in February making pun-writers of the technology very happy ("The world is not enough for Google" etc etc). The flight he has now made a small (!) downpayment on is being organised by Space Adventures (ironically, a company with an SEO-unfriendly flash intro – didn’t Sergey spot that one?!) and is set to blast of in 2011, and is said to include a ‘mission’ for Brin to carry out – either medical or technological.
According to a press release on the Space Adventures site, Brin is quoted as saying:
"I am a big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier, and am looking forward to the possibility of going into space,” said Mr. Brin. “Space Adventures helped open the space frontier to private citizens and thus pave the way for the personal spaceflight industry. The Orbital Mission Explorers Circle enables me to make an immediate investment while preserving the option to participate in a future spaceflight."
Rumours of Brin being sent up to take some better shots of the worlds Nude Beaches for the Google Earth community have yet to be confirmed…!Tweet