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Former Microsoft software developer Charles Simonyi flies during a parabolic flight aboard a zero-gravity simulator, a Russian IL-76 MDK aircraft used for astronauts' training flights in weightlessness, in Star City outside Moscow, on Feb. 26, 2007. As the world's fifth space tourist, Simonyi blasted off to the International Space Station on April 7, 2007.

PHOTO: Maxim Marmur/AFP/Newscom/File

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