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ing, and then on the other, it's kind of, "Shift over here to the
camera and talk to the outside world."
Olsen: One tradition is they ring the bell. The first commander
of the ISS was a navy guy, so he brought a ship's bell up to
the ISS. Every time someone new came on, he'd ring the bell.
Then the Russians have this tradition of giving you bread and
salt when you arrive. Station commander Sergei Krikalyov
gave us the bread and salt. I was awed just to be around him.
He said, "How are you, Greg?" and gave me a big hug.
For the space tourists, there's not much to do aboard the ISS. They
generally occupy themselves by taking snapshots, checking e-mail,
and phoning home. Richard Garriott shot a sci-fi film starring his
fellow astronauts and cosmonauts. And everyone on board spends
a surprising amount of time simply looking for things.
Olsen: After we docked, shook hands, and said hello, there was
about an hour when we could just sort of wander around.
Shuttleworth: When I was up there, there were, depending on
how you count the nodes, five or six modules. They reach the
size of a caravan. Some are larger, some smaller. The most
interesting pieces are sort of o axis. There's a primary axis,
which runs from the Russian habitation module through the
storage module, through the American lab. And there were two
things that hung o that. One was the docking module, and the
other was what they call the front porch: the U.S. airlock.
Garriott: They gave me a little workstation near the ham radio
in the service module and a little fold-down desk with a laptop
on it, and I was like, "Wow, they've set me up in the middle of
everyone else's business. I'm going to be constantly in people's
way. It's going to be hard to film."
Simonyi: The commander tells you where you will stay, and in fact
they gave me a bag for my stu . I stu ed all my things in it and
used the drawstring to secure it and attached it
to the wall. Your home is basically invisible.
Ansari: I picked out a spot next to the window
in the docking compartment. They told me
that it was going to be cold and noisy. I said,
"It doesn't matter---I want to be next to a win-
dow." They let me be there, and then they gave
me this piece of cloth and the commander
said, "Whenever you want privacy, just hang
this, and we'll know not to come over." That
made a nice private room for me.
Olsen: It's a lot like camping. Backpacking,
Ansari: Cleaning yourself is an ordeal. There is no shower aboard
the space station. You have these wet towels and dry towels that
you use every day to wipe yourself, and a package with your per-
sonal toiletries up there---basically, your comb, your toothbrush,
and whatever else they allow you to take up there.
Shuttleworth: I took a camera.
Simonyi: I took a paper tape of one of the first programs I ever
wrote, and my passport.
Shuttleworth: That's quite a big tradition with the Russians.
They have a stamp made for each ISS mission. People take
postcards and envelopes and get them franked up there.
Olsen: I took an iPod, lots of photographs. My iPod, I had
everything from opera to rock 'n' roll on there.
Garriott: I had a good friend, who writes the Dragonlance series
of books for the company that makes Dungeons and Dragons,
write me a screenplay. The story is basically that my mother
had snuck up [to the space station] on the supply vehicle.
Ansari: The unmanned cargo mission that goes up before the
manned flight takes some of your clothing, some of your food,
a package that has your personal toiletries. But I wasn't sup-
posed to be a primary member---Dice-K was. They said that
they had changed it at the last minute, but when I got up there,
the packages that they had sent up were still Dice-K's packages.
I had his shaving cream, a razor, cologne, and things like that.
They didn't have any of the things that I could use except for
the toothbrush and the toothpaste. Fortunately, I took some
stu with me. I didn't have to wear his underwear.
Olsen: I had a little camera that I lost because I put it in my
pocket and forgot to close the zipper.
Shuttleworth: The only thing I can recall going awry was break-
ing my camera up there. It was after hours and I was trying to
get a night shot, and I put the memory card in the wrong way
around or something. That was very frustrating.
Ansari: I was always losing things. I would write something,
then put the pen down, forgetting that the pen would float o
the table. I lost my lipstick, my lip gloss.
NO RESTART BUTTON Video game developer Richard Garriott
is the most recent space tourist to take a ride on a Soyuz. This picture
was taken during launch on October 12, 2008.
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