Posted June 12, 2008 8:59 am by with 9 comments

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Check ’em out, y’all! Lunar shuttle tickets. I got smokin’, non-smokin’, first class, coach, by the window, by the aisle. Lunar shuttte tickets.

Anticipating its pursuit of world domination will be complete sometime during the second quarter of 2010, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has booked a round trip ticket to outer space, with a launch date set for  2011.

Bucking that crazy trend set by NASA in the early 60’s whereby actual qualified astronauts were sent to outer space, Brin, the 34-year-old president of technology for the search-engine company, shelled out a $5 million deposit for a seat aboard a Russian spacecraft, according to tourism company Space Adventures. Brin is scheduled to carry out missions that may include pharmaceutical testing and experiments on computer circuit boards. No word on the specific “pharmaceutical” Brin might be testing.

Total cost of the trip is estimated at more than $35 Million. The two week voyage will orbit the earth about 150 to 200 times. Whoa, I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it.

Brin joins an exclusive club that are using their fortunes for space travel.

“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,” Brin said in a statement released by Space Adventures.

Brin follows in the steps of both billionaire creator of Microsoft Office software, Charles Simonyi, who paid a relatively modest $25 million in April 2007 for a 10 day joyride to the international space station, and James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise.

Google has also sponsored its own space research program, called Google Lunar X Prize, which gives $25 million to the winner of a competition to land an unmanned craft on the moon.

According to Google’s website, “There’s nothing we love more than ambitious research with world-changing potential, and space exploration and research have long produced much of the scientific community’s most ambitious, even audacious work”.

My God Bones, what have they done!

  • MikeTek

    Haha, great post, Sean.

    It seems to me $25 million is probably what it would cost to build and land an unmanned craft on the moon. Unless you’re NASA – then the cost is thirty million bazillion dollars.

    I wonder how Sergey is paying for this on his $1 salary…

  • Another man with midlife-crisis with too much money in his hands.
    Saving the eye-sight of one blind person in africa costs about 35$.
    With his 35 Million he could save the eye-sight of 1 million people!
    I im no big fan of microsoft but i think bill gates does the right thing spending his money on useful projects. Sergey Brin is just a small kid on an ego-trip compared to Billy Boy.

  • Google is turning into a couple of guys with far to much money then they know what to do with.

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  • Sean Maguire

    @Miketek – Thanks buddy! Glad you liked it.

    @Warenwirtschaft – Agreed.

    @Top Rated – Ditto. Hopefully some maturity as they grow older will have them re-visit where they invest some of their money, vis a vis – what Warenwirtschaft said.

  • There is a chance that Brin is too late, because Space Adventures going to stop commertial space lauches. This because of lack of transportation capabilities after stopping Space Shuttle progpam in 2010.

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  • If I had that kind of money, so would I. Really, who wouldn’t?

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  • Sean, seems to be you forgot to place one more person in the celebrities list. Richard Garriott well-known as former of first MMORPG in the world Ultima Online also get involved in space travels. Yeah, son of astronaut, by the way.

  • PS3

    I with you Nicole. Why are we so keen to knock people who have had the vision and enterprise to make a fortune? They are entitled to blow it how they choose and moreover, are probably already expectationally generous donators to various causes.

    I wouldn’t personal choose the moon though…I’m scared of heights 🙂

  • I agree Nicole. I’m kind of jealous that it cant be me.

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