In 2001, a Soyuz-U booster blasted two Russian astronauts and an American millionaire, Dennis A. Tito, into orbit for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. Mr. Tito paid $20 million for the trip.
Interviewed at Russia’s mission control center at the time, Mr. Chertok said, “I am a little bit under 90, and if someone presented me with $20 million I would gladly spend it on a ticket to space.”
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