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  South African man books a holiday in space
Updated 05 December 2001, 20.42
An earlier Soyuz mission is docked with the International Space Station
An earlier Soyuz mission is docked with the ISS

A South African businessman will become the second person to pay money to go into space next year.

Mark Shuttleworth
Mark Shuttleworth
Mark Shuttleworth is paying Russia an estimated 14m to be allowed to rocket into space as part of a Soyuz mission in April 2002.

Shuttleworth will be part of a 10-day Russian mission that will take him to the International Space Station and back.

First space tourist

Shuttleworth, 27, can afford to pay for his space ticket after selling an internet company he owned for 350m in 2000.

Space tourist Dennis Tito
Space tourist Dennis Tito
The South African has already spent a month in Russia making sure he is fit enough to go into space and beginning some of the special training he must do.

Earlier this year an American, Dennis Tito, became the first ordinary person to fly into space after paying Russia a similar amount of money.

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