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22/04/02
Space Just One Frontier for Londoner
- New astronaut also fights AIDS - Experience space with new IMAX 3D movie

LONDONER Mark Shuttleworth blasted off into the heavens this morning to become history's second space tourist.

Shuttleworth is aboard a Russian Soyuz TM-34 rocket with two professional astronauts after paying UKP15 million to make his space dreams come true.

Born in Sevenoakes in Kent, Shuttleworth grew up mostly in South Africa where he made millions as an internet entrepreneur, and is a regular visitor to London, not that we should really be playing the nationalist game here. As Shuttleworth's mum said, "He sees the world as one place. You can't pin him down - not in one country nor in one universe."

The 28 year-old does not see himself as a space tourist so much as a private space explorer and plans to conduct experiments which he hopes will help in the search for a cure to AIDS. Nor does Shuttleworth believe in resting on his laurels. "Mars is still waiting," he said.

For those earthlings unable to follow Shuttleworth into space, the good news is that London's two IMAX cinemas at the Science Museum and on the South Bank, are now showing Space Station 3D, the only 3D film shot in space itself, by astronauts.

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