Orbital space tourists & spaceflight participants

Credit: SpaceX

Over the past few decades, several people have paid a lot of money to go to space. These people are often called "space tourists" or "spaceflight participants" and stay in orbit for several days. There are several different types of space tourism, including orbital, suborbital and lunar space tourism. Between 2001 and 2010, seven space tourists made eight orbital spaceflights aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station, organized by the American space tourism company and travel agency Space Adventures. In September 2021, SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission kicked off the company’s orbital tourism program by bringing four space tourists into space. In this overview you can learn all about the different people who paid to go to space for a short stay in orbit! 

Overview orbital space tourists & spaceflight participants

Name Photo Date launch Date landing Rocket Spacecraft Mission / Destination Fee paid
Toyohiro Akiyama
Japan
Toyohiro Akiyama 02/12/1990 10/12/1990 Soyuz-TM Soyuz TM-11 Tokyo Broadcasting System
Mir Space Station
USA$25 million
Helen Sharman
UK
Helen Sharman 18/05/1991 26/05/1991 Soyuz-TM Soyuz TM-12 Project Juno
Mir Space Station
UK£7 million
Dennis Tito
USA
Dennis Titto 28/04/2001 06/05/2001 Soyuz-TM Soyuz TM-32 International Space Station US$20 million
Mark Shuttleworth
South Africa
Mark Shuttleworth 25/04/2002 05/05/2002 Soyuz-TM Soyuz TM-34 International Space Station ?
Gregory Olsen
USA
Gregory Olsen 01/10/2005 10/10/2005 Soyuz-TMA Soyuz TMA-7 International Space Station ?
Anousheh Ansari
IranUSA
Anousheh Ansari 20/09/2006 29/09/2006 Soyuz-TMA Soyuz TMA-9 International Space Station ?
Charles Simonyi
HungaryUSA
Charles Simonyi 07/04/2007
26/03/2009
21/04/2007
08/04/2009
Soyuz-TMA Soyuz TMA-10
Soyuz TMA-14
International Space Station ?
Richard Garriott
HungaryUSA
Richard Garriott 12/10/2008 24/10/2008 Soyuz-TMA Soyuz TMA-13 International Space Station US$30 million
Guy Laliberté
Canada
Guy Laliberté 30/09/2009 11/10/2009 Soyuz-TMA Soyuz TMA-16 International Space Station US$35 million
Jared Isaacman
USA
Jared Isaacman 16/09/2021 19/09/2021 Falcon 9 Crew Dragon
Resiliance
Inspiration4
(Low Earth Orbit)
?
Sian Proctor
USA
Sian Proctor 16/09/2021 19/09/2021 Falcon 9 Crew Dragon
Resiliance
Inspiration4
(Low Earth Orbit)
?
Hayley Arceneaux
USA
Hayley Arceneaux 16/09/2021 19/09/2021 Falcon 9 Crew Dragon
Resiliance
Inspiration4
(Low Earth Orbit)
?
Christopher Sembroski
USA
Christopher Sembroski 16/09/2021 19/09/2021 Falcon 9 Crew Dragon
Resiliance
Inspiration4
(Low Earth Orbit)
?
Yulia Peresild
Russia
Yulia Peresild 05/10/2021 17/10/2021 Soyuz-2.1a Soyuz MS-19 International Space Station ?
Klim Shipenko
Russia
Klim Shipenko 05/10/2021 17/10/2021 Soyuz-2.1a Soyuz MS-19 International Space Station ?
Yusaku Maezawa
Japan
Yusaku Maezawa 08/12/2021 20/12/2021 Soyuz-2.1a Soyuz MS-20 International Space Station ?
Yozo Hirano
Japan
Yozo Hirano 08/12/2021 20/12/2021 Soyuz-2.1a Soyuz MS-20 International Space Station ?
Larry Connor
USA
Larry Connor 08/04/2022 25/04/2022 Crew Dragon
Endeavour
Axiom Mission 1 International Space Station US$55 million
Mark Pathy
Canada
Mark Pathy 08/04/2022 25/04/2022 Crew Dragon
Endeavour
Axiom Mission 1 International Space Station US$55 million
Eytan Stibbe
Israel
Eytan Stibbe 08/04/2022 25/04/2022 Crew Dragon
Endeavour
Axiom Mission 1 International Space Station US$55 million

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This article was published by FutureSpaceFlight founder and chief editor Kris Christiaens. Kris Christiaens has been passionate and fascinated by spaceflight and space exploration all his life and has written hundreds of articles on space projects, the commercial space industry and space missions over the past 20 years for magazines, books and websites. In late 2021, he founded the website FutureSpaceFlight with the goal of promoting new space companies and commercial space projects and compiling news of these start-ups and companies on one website.