Chinese businessman books quick getaway in space
Updated: 2005-10-21 11:15
A Chinese man has paid $100,000 for a 90-minute voyage that will make him
China's first tourist in space, the China Daily said on Friday.
Jiang Fang, president of a Hong Kong company that acts as the China agent for
U.S.-based space tourism firm Space Adventures, would experience zero gravity on
one of the company's sub-orbital flights due for launch in 2007, the China Daily
That same year, China plans to launch its third manned space flight, which
should include the country's first spacewalk.
American millionaire Gregory Olsen returned earlier this month from a
one-week stint on the International Space Station arranged by Space Adventures
at a price of $20 million.
Space fever is running high in China after safe return of its second manned
space mission, the Shenzhou VI, on Monday and could spike again when a
television show offering an insider's view of the national space programme hits
screens this month.
"Shenzhou" tells the story of 2003's Shenzhou V mission, which carried
Colonel Yang Liwei, China's first man in space, on 14 orbits of Earth, the
Beijing Morning Post said.
Yang, now a national hero, served as consultant to the show, helping the lead
actors understand the feeling of being in space and demonstrating how actions
like pushing buttons and eating pastry mooncakes were done in zero gravity, it