US businessman Dennis Tito laughs prior to testifying at the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee on Capitol Hill 26 June, 2001. The Subcommittee hearing was on space tourism and included astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the panel. Tito, the first space tourist, payed the Russians 20 Million USD to spend time in the International Space Station. AFP Photo Stephen JAFFE
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California millionaire Dennis Tito hangs on to a device in a Mir orbital complex during training at a cosmonaut training center in Star City April 12, 2001 outside Moscow, Russia. Russian officials gave the green light to the California millionaire to become the first tourist in space despite reservations from NASA.