Word and Excel in Space courtesy of space tourist

I emailed Mr Simonyi at his "Charles in Space" site, inviting him to share his brain score with our community....and wished him well in space and reminded him to maintain cognitive fitness once up there.

No reply, though his site claimed he would be answering questions about the voyage...let's hope he is mindful of the advice. Don't think we'll find him using Google Aps in orbit, but who knows.

So, our community will have to wait.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word blasted off late Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the international space station.

The Soyuz rocket, which also carried two cosmonauts, roared into overcast nighttime skies over the bleak Kazakh steppes, bathing the launch pad and dozens of officials and well-wishers a mile away in a glow of flame as it rose vertically then turned downrange.

Charles Simonyi, a 58-year-old Hungarian-born software programmer, paid more than $20 million for a 13-day trip to the orbiting station. He is the fifth paying space tourist to make the trip.

"I think for Charles it is a dream come true," said Victoria Scott, a friend of Simonyi's who watched the blastoff.

Martha Stewart, who has been linked romantically to Simonyi, spent the final hours before the launch taking a stroll aboard another mode of transport commonly seen around the gritty Baikonur space port in the barren steppes of Kazakhstan — a camel.

On Friday, Stewart shared a private moment with the billionaire...

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