Google co-founder to become space tourist


NEW YORK — One of the cofounders of Internet giant Google, Sergey Brin, has booked a flight to space aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket for 2011, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Virginia-based Space Adventures, which arranges space flights for ultrawealthy clients, plans to buy a private Soyuz flight in 2011, and Brin is a new investor in the company, the report said.

Brin, Google’s technology president, made a five-million-dollar investment that “will serve as a deposit on a future flight,” the report said.

“I am a big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier, and am looking forward to the posibility of going into space,” he said in a statement.

Space Adventures, which has sent five tourists into space, was expected to announce the news Wednesday.