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Monday, 29 April, 2002, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
Tourist's 'moments of terror'
ISS, AP
Mr Shuttleworth (centre) has reportedly paid about $20m for the trip
South African space tourist Mark Shuttleworth has confessed to having "moments of terror, moments of exhilaration" as he travelled into orbit on his Soyuz "taxi".

Mr Shuttleworth, an internet millionaire, spoke about his feelings in a radio interview shortly after arriving at his "holiday destination" - the International Space Station (ISS).

The "Afronaut", as he has been dubbed, also admitted to experiencing some backache, which was possibly the result of his weightless environment.

The South African, who actually lives in London, UK, is the world's second holidaymaker in space. He follows in the footsteps of Dennis Tito, a US businessman and former American space agency (Nasa) employee, who rode into orbit last year.

Two-day chase

Mr Shuttleworth spoke about his desires and expectations to the national South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Family, AP
It has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for his parents, too
He also chatted with President Thabo Mbeki in a show broadcast on pay-TV.

President Mbeki told him: "The whole continent is proud that at last we have one of our own people from Africa up in space taking part in cutting edge developments with regard to science and technology."

Mr Shuttleworth arrived on the ISS two days after his launch in a Soyuz TM-34 craft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

He was accompanied by Russian Commander Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency.

Emergency systems

They docked with the Zarya module of the ISS at 0756 GMT on Saturday as the two vehicles flew over Central Asia.

The Soyuz TM-34 craft will be left at the ISS to act as an "emergency lifeboat" should there ever be a catastrophic failure on the orbiting platform.

Gidzenko, Vittori and Shuttleworth will return to Earth in the Soyuz TM-33 craft brought up by another crew last year.

The three spacemen will ride home to a landing on the Kazakh steppes on 5 May (Kazakh time).

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The BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Moscow
"Mark Shuttleworth will spend just one week here, fulfilling his childhood dream"
Dennis Tito, first space tourist
"It was the greatest experience I've ever had in my life"
The president asks Mark what he plans to do in space
"We'll each be conducting separate scientific programmes"
See also:

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Nasa makes space tourism U-turn
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