Launch date: October, 2005
Time in space: 9 days
Dr. Olsen read a New York Times article about Space Adventures’ plans for offering the private missions to the International Space Station. The article said that spaceflight participants would be able to take part as tourists, researchers, and explorers in these flight opportunities, and this captured Dr. Olsen’s imagination. While on orbit he communicated with students from his hometown via ham radio and took part in research on behalf of the European Space Agency.
“As all astronauts tell you, whatever you think now, once you get up there, its better.”
— Dr. Greg Olsen