Russian space tourist lineup

According to Personal SpaceFlight blog, several Russian space tourist candidates are getting their applications vetted by Roskosmos, and that Space Adventures (the group that handles these private space travelers) has two seats set aside on Soyuz flights in fall ’08 and spring of ’09. The names for who’s flying should be coming soon.

I always find it ironic that it’s the Russian space program that’s taking willing, paying passengers, while the US is not. Who would have believed that 20 years ago?