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Russian Space Capsule with US Tourist Docks with Space Station


A Russian spacecraft carrying an American space tourist and two cosmonauts has docked with the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule reached the space station Monday -- two days after lifting off from Kazakhstan.

It carried cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov and American computer software billionaire Charles Simonyi.

He paid $25 million for the privilege of a spaceflight and visit to the space station.

Simonyi brought with him a gourmet dinner to be eaten Thursday, which Russia marks as Cosmonauts Day -- the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight in 1961.

The current space station crew -- Russian Mikhail Tyurin and American astronauts Miguel Lopez-Alegria and Sunita Williams -- return to Earth with Simonyi on April 20.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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