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.


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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