Former Microsoft programmer Dr. Charles Simonyi has signed up for a holiday on the International Space Station.
The 51-year-old programmer, who was instrumental in the creation of Microsoft’s Word and Excel packages, has handed over $20 million for the trip and has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City in Kazakhstan ready for launching in September.
"Like with any long-term plan, I had to make reservations," said Dr Simonyi, who is currently head of development firm Intentional Software.
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