Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, is planning a trip to outer space in 2011, according to a report in the New York Times. Space Adventures flies wealthy explorers on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station. The Virginia-based company plans to buy a Soyuz flight all its own in 2011, with the option of buying more.
At the Explorers Club in NYC, Space Adventures is expected to announce that Sergey Brin will be one of two passengers on the flight. Brin made a $5 million investment in the company that will serve as a deposit on a future flight.
Brin said in a Space Adventures statement, “I am a big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier, and am looking forward to the possibility of going into space.”
His company is a sponsor of the Google Lunar X Prize, a $25 million competition to land an unmanned craft on the moon.