The world's richest man Bill Gates is considering a possible flight into space, a Russian cosmonaut said from International Space Station Wednesday, citing Gates' colleague, current space tourist Charles Simonyi.
"Charles said that Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space," cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin told journalists during a video link-up from the space station, broadcast on state television Rossiya.
"So the next time someone will be with Bill Gates. For me this is the biggest surprise of our flight."
Space Adventures, the US-based company that organises the trips, said it had heard nothing from the Microsoft chairman about a possible flight.
"Space Adventures has had no contact with Bill Gates," spokeswoman Natalya Dedovets told AFP.
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