A Microsoft billionaire caught his flight to the International Space Station Saturday morning. The Russian rocket roared off the ground in Kazakhstan.
Hundreds of friends, family and space buffs threw a lift-off party in Seattle, Washington for Charles Simonyi.
Simonyi dreamed of space travel, he was even a junior cosmonaut. Now at 58, the software billionaire was able to buy a ticket to space and 10 days on the International Space Station for more than $20 million.
Simonyi is only the fifth civilian space tourist. He took his friends in Seattle along for his ride of a lifetime on a huge screen at the Museum of Flight.
While at the space station, Simonyi will be conducting a number of experiments, including measuring radiation levels and studying biological organisms inside the lab.