Nerd Word of the Day: Tourinauts

tourinautsTourinauts: Tourists that tag along on space flights.

The launch of the Soyuz TMA-14 this morning included another tourinaut, a repeat tourinaut mind you: Charles Simonyi.

Other tourinauts were:  Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Gregory Olsen and Anousheh Ansari – some paying as much as $20 million dollars for the trip.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has already plopped down $5 million dollars to be a tourinaut on a future flight, but investors in Google stock have been trying hard  to keep him down on Earth! :-)

Thanks Bob for the suggestion!

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40 Responses to Nerd Word of the Day: Tourinauts

  1. Chemikal says:

    Don’t spend your money on it now.
    Wait a few more years for the price to go down. If no one else, I promise to invent the next fuel efficient space car! We’ll all have one. Don’t worry if you can’t afford it, I’ll have enough cash from inventor privileges, to buy one for everyone of you here. :-)

  2. bsomebody says:

    I would absolutely, positively love to go. $20mil? Even if I had it, I really do not think I would blow that much cash on a toy.

  3. animalntaz says:

    That nerd word rhymes with TATER NUTS! :lol:

  4. obfuskation says:

    Nothing in orbit, but a bunch of junk we’ve been shooting up there. I’d rather visit the bottom of the ocean. There are things swimming around down there that are far more interesting.

  5. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina,
    I can’t afford to be a “tourinaut.” Even if I did have that much, I hope I’d use the money to make things better here on earth. It’s an interesting “nerd word”, but so few people have paid for this ride into space and back, that it won’t be used very much. :cool:
    Have you selected a name for the Bernese Mountain dog of your friend’s? I hope you choose Seesix, but there are many other nice names. :smile:
    Seesixcm6

  6. danielpool says:

    I would pay the money five million dollars ten million whatever. To see it from way out their. That would be something to see :?: :shock: :shock: <a href=”http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/03/meteorite.html”.wow

  7. freebird says:

    Hi Marina,

    I like how you superimposed yourself in front of the astronauts… I’d be smiling too… especially if you were coming along for the ride! :shock: :smile: :grin:

  8. I did a ride on the “Vomit Comet” once…
    heh heh! weightless acceleration… WHEE!
    They tell me Viagra does the same thing :mrgreen:

  9. greatestpotential says:

    :roll: “tourinauts” sounds like a syndrome

  10. hs4mm says:

    I especially enjoyed the part about keeping Sergey Brin down on Earth — the entire Google/YT management needs to be down to earth regarding their goals for YT; and the entire Google/YT engineering staff needs to be down to earth regarding their design and implementation! They need to get real!

  11. pandion says:

    If I had that kind of money to spend on a vacation I’d be a Tourinaut too.

  12. Che Volay says:

    Are peanuts included in the $20 million dollar ticket. :grin:

  13. wetsuit5 says:

    Soyuz has molded seats.
    Who had the lucky job of molding Marina’s bottom?

    $20 Million, that’s just a few videos isn’t it?

    Petty cash for Marina.

  14. Che Volay says:

    Did this word just come out today? :???:

  15. greatestpotential says:

    $20 million dollars for what these tourinauts are being told is a “space flight” is a very sad joke indeed :!:

  16. big ed says:

    Whoa, that was quick! Please stay here on the ground if you can help it, Marina! You know what happened the last time a schoolteacher tried space travel :twisted: , but anyway…

    And what’s up w/ the ads about Russian beauties? Do they have the brains and wits to compete w/ you— highly doubtful!?

  17. originalistrick says:

    Wow, you’re kickin’ ass today, Marina!
    This is a clever one.

  18. Sorry this word sucks… lol!

  19. Bob says:

    You’ll need to wrap up better than that if you go into space, Marina.
    Baby, it’s cold out there and there’s no ozone layer to protect you from the Sun’s radiation – more farmer’s tan, methinks. :lol:

  20. I suppose, I won’t even get on an airplane.

    • Bob says:

      It was so fast that I can’t believe she wasn’t about to post it anyway, which means that my psychic connection is still working – that’s creepy – sometimes I SCARE myself. :lol:

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