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September 30, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Charles Simonyi going back to space, seeking frequent flier discount?

Space Adventures announced this morning that Medina software billionaire Charles Simonyi has booked a second trip to the International Space Station, the first to make a second commercial trip.

“Having a repeat orbital client demonstrates to the world that participating in a space mission is truly a magnificent and awe-inspiring experience. It is also an excellent example that the marketplace is even larger than previously anticipated because of the potential occurrence of clients who fly on multiple occasions,” Space Adventures Chief Executive Eric Anderson said in the release.

Simonyi’s going to train with the Soyuz TMA-14 crew for a spring trip. The last one, in the spring of 2007, cost $20 million to $25 million.

It’s not clear whether Simonyi is getting a frequent flyer discount, but fuel prices have gone up in the last year.

Simonyi may also have to do without the specially prepared meal from his longtime friend Martha Stewart, who was on the ground for his last departure. He reportedly became engaged to a 28-year-old Swedish woman in August.

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