Dennis Tito shows a big grin and thumbs up after safely returning to Earth. He really enjoyed his trip to space!
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News story originally written on May 9, 2001
Dennis Tito is a 60-year-old American businessman. As of this week, he became the first paying space tourist!
Tito paid $20 million to the Russian Space Agency so they would take him into space. Tito trained for the mission. He then took a trip to the International Space Station (ISS) in the Soyuz capsule. He spent 6 days on the ISS. He's now safely back on Earth.
Tito loved the trip! He said, "It was perfect. It was paradise."
Would you pay to go on a space vacation?
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