8 January 2002
Events - Tourism (Good)
Dennis Tito Lectures on Trip to Space
Free lecture--book tickets now!
by Carol Pinchefsky
"A Space Journey"

Dennis A. Tito
First Individual to Personally Pay to Travel in Space
Saturday, January 26, 2002
8:00 p.m. -- Langley IMAX® Theater
Washington, D.C.

*Free lecture -- Advance Ticket Reservation Required

Dennis Tito, the first space traveler to pay his own way, will speak at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 at 8 p.m. in the Langley IMAX® Theater.

A businessman and former aerospace engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tito, 61, traveled last spring to the International Space Station as part of a Russian Soyuz taxi crew on an eight-day mission.

The chief executive officer of Wilshire Associates Inc., Tito has described the trip as "the greatest experience of my life" and the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. His flight captured the public's imagination and was seen as a model for future space tourism.

The lecture is sponsored by the European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Company and presented by the museum's National Air and Space Society.

Tito's appearance is another special event in the Air and Space Museum's yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, which began July 1.

Tickets are available now. Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve tickets by phone, call the membership office at (202) 357-3762.

For more information, visit the National Air and Space Museum site here.
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Carol Pinchefsky 8 January 2002
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