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February 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Charles Simonyi joined by a local on March space flight

It turns out that Medina billionaire Charles Simonyi won’t be the only Washingtonian aboard the March 26 rocket expedition to the International Space Station.

No, it’s not Simonyi’s pal Bill Gates. Not this time.

Also onboard will be flight engineer Michael Barratt, a native of Camas and graduate of the University of Washington.

Barratt now lives in Houston – he’s a NASA astronaut and flight surgeon – but his parents live in Camas and his sister and brother-in-law live in Issaquah. His NASA biography – which has the picture below — says the father of five still considers Camas to be his home.

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Perhaps Barratt and Simonyi can trade tips. The March flight will be Barratt’s first trip into space, although he’s worked with the space station for years, serving as its medical operations lead and lead crew surgeon in the past.

Or they can talk about boats — Barratt owns a sailboat, and Simonyi owns the 233-foot megayacht “Skat.”

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