Simonyi Returns from Space Station Jaunt

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At 13, Charles Simonyi won a "junior cosmonaut" contest, earning a trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Later he became a Microsoft billionaire and spent $25 million to visit the international space station — riding a Russian space capsule. Now he's back on Earth after 13 days in orbit. He says the money goes to the space program, so he has no regrets.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Back when he was 13, Charles Simonyi won a contest. He was named the Junior Cosmonaut and got a trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Then he became a Microsoft billionaire, which explains how he could pay $25 million to visit the International Space Station. He rode a Russian space capsule and now he's back on Earth after 13 days. He says he had a great time, says he told Martha Stewart all about it, and he says the money goes to the space program so he has no regrets.

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