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Published:30 November 1997
  • Tom Rogers
Origin:30 November 1997

Of all the people who have traveled to space, almost all have been professional astronauts -- fewer than a half-dozen have been "ordinary people". The Shuttle has carried a Senator, a Representative and an Arabian Prince; a schoolteacher was killed during such a trip. Two private individuals have been carried to the Russian space station MIR, one from the United Kingdom, the other from Japan.

These numbers stand in sharp contrast to the number of people who have expressed an interest in taking a space trip:

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