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Monday, 30 April, 2001, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
In pictures: Tourism's final frontier
American businessman Dennis Tito achieves a 40-year dream by becoming the world's first space tourist.

Space Tourist Dennis Tito arrives at the ISS
Mr Tito floats through a hatch into the space station, shortly after the Soyuz spacecraft docks.

Space Tourist Dennis Tito
Despite feelings of queasiness, Mr Tito says he had no trouble with weightlessness.

Dennis Tito inside Soyuz capsule
Moments after the launch, Mr Tito said that he felt 'great'

Soyuz rocket blasting off
The journey up into orbit took just nine minutes

Dawn Abrakham and Dennis Tito
Dawn Abrakham blows a kiss through a glass wall as she bids her boyfriend farewell

Dennis Tito preparing for launch
After being dressed in his space suit, Mr Tito needs help to stand

Dennis Tito and Soyuz crew
Looking confident, the crew make their way on to the rocket

Soyuz rocket
The Soyuz rocket stands on the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome as final preparations are made

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