Space tourist is just one way to describe Simonyi

Published April 3, 2012 7:54AM (EDT)

SEATTLE (AP) — Charles Simonyi (sih-MOHN'-ee) may still be described as a space tourist even though he hasn't hung out in outer space for a few years.

The Microsoft billionaire has no plans to take a third vacation on the International Space Station but he's still obsessed with space. He is heavily involved in the Seattle Museum of Flight's new space gallery.

He runs his own software company and recently got involved in book publishing.

The son of a Hungarian physicist, the 63-year-old just made one of his dad's dreams come true by helping translate the senior Simonyi's epic about physics into English.

By Salon Staff

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