FOURTH SPACE TOURIST TO ISS?

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MOSCOW, APRIL 2. /RIA NOVOSTI / -- The Federal Space Agency does not rule out sending a fourth space tourist to the International Space Station, official spokesman for the FSA Sergei Gorbunov has said on Friday.

Very soon the American company Space Adventures, which we have authorised to look for fitting candidates for space flights, may come up with another space tourist, he said.

To Gorbunov, the fourth space tourist may be American businessman Gregory Olsen.

As reported earlier, the Space Adventures portfolio has 12 proposals from competitors.

As to putting Gregory Olsen in the ISS, Gorbunov said that "he has to come here, pass the medical examination and, if okayed, will begin training in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre".

Gorbunov has confirmed that Gregory Olsen's flight is set for April 2005, or it may be even in October 2004.

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