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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
28th April 2001: The world's first space tourist
In 1972, Dennis Tito founded Wilshire Associates, a leading provider of investment management, consulting and technology services in Santa Monica, California. This business went on to serve an international clientele representing assets of $71 billion, and making Tito a billionaire.
In a project first arranged by MirCorp, Tito was accepted by the Russian Federal Space Agency as a candidate for the first ever commercial spaceflight. However, Tito met criticism from NASA before the launch, primarily from Daniel Goldin, at that time the Administrator of NASA, who considered it inappropriate for a tourist to take a ride into space. When Tito arrived at the Johnson Space Center for additional training on the American portion of the International Space Station, Robert D. Cabana, NASA manager, sent Tito and his two fellow cosmonauts home, stating, "We will not be able to begin training, because we are not willing to train with Dennis Tito."
Tito simply bypassed NASA and through an arrangement with space tourism company Space Adventures, Ltd., Tito joined the Soyuz TM-32 mission on April 28, 2001, spending 7 days, 22 hours, 4 minutes in space and orbiting Earth 128 times. Tito performed several scientific experiments in orbit that he said would be useful for his company and business. Tito paid a reported $20 million for his trip.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Business promotional work
Missus Quality Time
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Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 2
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
I have dug out the knee support and I fear it will be a permanent fixture! However, I am hopeful the issue is ligaments rather than arthritis as I feel the pain in the sides of the knee rather than the joint itself - I don't think bone is crunching on bone as yet. I will keep the joint gently moving, and generally apply that principle to life as my body declines - keep moving gently. I have already learned the hard way not to jerk anything! Moving now requires caution and gentle flow.
Thursday continues to be my Sunday - an easy-going day with no deadlines before the Weekend Job. That doesn't mean there isn't stuff to do! Quieter days are opportunities to do stuff you don't normally have time for. I don't draw up a plan - I simply let intuition guide me onto the next task.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you using time in the best possible way?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning - heavy rain in the afternoon - wintry showers thereafter
1012 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
People who say 40 is the new 30 just end up getting speeding tickets :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Whitney Cummings on buying stuff and Bluetooth
Owls are the only bird that can see the colour blue
9. ZEN WISDOM
To be courageous no matter what happens - to feel fear and carry on anyway—that is the root of true happiness. To move forward resolutely regardless of what lies in store—that is the spirit, the resolve, that leads to human victory.