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Microsoft billionaire, cosmonauts, black cat launch to space





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Published on Apr 7, 2007

Recorded by — The Source for Space History and Artifacts. Video courtesy NASA.

Two cosmonauts and an American space tourist launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 7 on-board Soyuz TMA-10. Oleg Kotov and Fyodor Yurchikhin, joined by Charles Simonyi will dock with the International Space Station on April 9, where Yurchikhin will take over command from U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. Kotov will replace cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin as flight engineer while serving alongside Sunita Williams to comprise the Expedition 15 crew. Simonyi, a former Microsoft executive, will stay on the ISS for 10 days before returning to Earth with Tyurin and Lopez-Alegria aboard Soyuz TMA-9, landing April 20.


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