Rocket scientist Boris Chertok update: He wanted to go into space


Russian rocket scientist Boris Chertok, who died Dec. 14 at 99, not only made rockets, he wanted to ride in them, too, the New York Times reported

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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