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Google Co-founder To Be Launched Into Space

Posted by thelanetrain on June 11, 2008

So you’ve created what is arguably the best search engine, which owns the best online video site, and are worth over $11 billion, so what do you do with some of your spending money?  Buy a seat on the next space shuttle, duh!   Information Week reported today that Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently put down a $5 million deposit to secure a spot on a future spaceflight.  Space Adventures, a private “space-tourism” company that has helped the elite and prosperous to be launched upward announced that Brin has become the founding member of its “Orbital Mission Explorers Circle”, which allows members to buy and sell space flight seats, you know, kind of like stubhub for the super filthy rich.  In a statement released today, Brin said:

“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.  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.”

Commercial development of the space frontier?  So THAT’S why he wants to go into space so bad.  Well, hats off to you, Sergey Brin.  Perhaps with your brave leadership and assloads of cash, you can help make interplanetary commercial development a true reality.  Thanks to you, we’ll finally get to enjoy these on Mars some day.

Oh, and a little further research showed us EXACTLY how much it costs to go to the Moon.  For those too lazy to click, it’s $100 million, roughly the same as 500,000 brand new iPhones (without the service, of course).


One Response to “Google Co-founder To Be Launched Into Space”

  1. Worth noting that today (21 August) is the birthdate of Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google), in 1973.
    David Berghouse
    Author: Today’s Creators

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