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Northwest Business Man Takes Second Trip to Space

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One Northwest  business man forks out billions of dollars...for his second ride of a lifetime.

American billionaire Charles Simonyi is on his second trip to the International Space station.

The Bellevue businessman blasted into space this morning on a Russian rocket. 

One of those watching the lift off was Simonyi's friend and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.  

Allen says he'd like to go into space - on his own rocket.   He's bankrolling the SpaceShipOne program.      

Also on the Russian rocket with a Russian cosmonaut, is American astronaut Michael Barratt.

Barratt grew up in Camas, Wash., where his parents still live. He graduated from the University of Washington.       

Simonyi paid a total of 60 million dollars for the two space trips combined. He'll return to earth in 13 days.