1. April 2001: the first ever ‘fee-paying’ tourist flies to space
American businessman Dennis Tito paid a reported $20 million to US space tourism firm Space Adventures to travel to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The company, which has offices in Moscow, is the only one to successfully send paying passengers into space. It has flown seven people in total. English soprano Sarah Brightman and Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu were due to fly in 2015 but both postponed their trips.