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Nik Halik, Thrillionaire, Money Masters, Wealth Investments, Renting, Shares, Sharelord, Property, InternetSpace Adventures Announces the Identity of Back-up Crew Member

Australian entrepreneur and investment wealth strategist selected.

January 28 2008

Today, Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced that Nik Halik of Australia has been chosen to train as the back-up crew member alongside our orbital spaceflight candidate, famed game developer and son of former NASA astronaut, Richard Garriott, who is currently planning a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in October.

"Through his participation as a back-up crew member, Nik will experience first-hand how our clients train for spaceflight and he, himself, will be certified as a 'fully-trained cosmonaut' and will be named to an official space mission crew, a distinction that less than 1,000 people have ever had," said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures.

"I am thrilled to be chosen as Richard's back-up. I have dreamed of flying to space ever since I was a young boy. I watched recordings of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon's surface and I vowed to follow," said Nik Halik. "The space station will be my first stop, with my eyes focused on the moon."

"Not only is Nik a successful entrepreneur, but he is also an avid adventurer. Among his various expeditions, he was one the first Australians to dive down five miles and land on the bow of the Titanic and he will be the first civilian from Australia to travel to space," added Mr. Anderson.

"Nik and I have similar exploratory backgrounds and we'll have many stories to share during our time together in Star City. I look forward to train with him because not only is it meant to prepare myself for flight, but also to prepare Nik for his future flight. I definitely will be on-hand for his eventual launch to space," said Mr. Garriott.

The price of the program is $3,000,000 (USD) which includes the required spaceflight training costs, along with accommodations in Star City and other training locations.

About Nik Halik:

Nik Halik, born in Australia to Greek immigrant parents, is the CEO and founder of several companies including Financial Freedom Institute and Money Masters. As an international wealth strategist, he has conducted over 100 'Mind and Wealth Prosperity' conferences globally and mentored investors in maximizing their wealth accumulation. His latest book that will be published and globally released in March 2008, "The Thrillionaire", is an autobiography that also provides astute investment strategies.

Mr. Halik is also an adventurer. He has lead expeditions to Antarctica, Africa and the Amazon with his adventure company, ADVENTURE ODYSSEY. Mr. Halik is a mountaineer, having summited several of the highest peaks in the world with an Everest climb planned for 2009. Nik is also an avid stormchaser in the U.S. Midwest's Tornado Alley. He is 38 years-old and resides amongst his homes in the Greek Islands, Morocco and Australia.

About Space Adventures:

Space Adventures, the company that organized the flights for the world's first private space explorers: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simonyi, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts.

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Star City Cosmonaut Training

Nik's main Space Training is taking place at Star City Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Space Centre in Russia, not far from Moscow. It has become Russia’s only “school of cosmonauts”.

The extensive experience of the Russian Space Program has been serving as the main Astronaut training base for Private Space Explorers.

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Private spaceflight is more than space tourism. It is the next generation of spaceflight.

By rocketing to space as a privately funded and trained civilian astronaut, Nik will have the mandate to conduct activities that go beyond those available to government funded NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts.

Nik will have the ability to conduct activities of his choosing, and that could have a commercial benefit. From performing scientific research on behalf of a space agency, university or private company, to conducting educational programs with students all over the world or seeking publicity for a valid cause for humanity, Nik will have innovative plans to add value to his spaceflight experience. His customized mission and the possibilities are only bound by the imagination.

To have the potential to be one of the first 450 humans to ever reach Earth orbit, to orbit the Earth every 90 minutes, view the Earth’s surface and to live and float in a completely weightless environment for over 10 days will permit him to appreciate the true majesty of the universe and the fragility of Earth.

Back-dropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the night sky will illuminate the planet, like he has never seen it before. For Nik, a Thrillionaire, that’s the most exciting possibility imaginable

Nik is currently at Star City and going through rigorous training over the next 7 months to achieve his goal of joining the mission to the International Space Station in 2009.

He is currently the back up crew to Richard Garriott’s mission scheduled for October 2008. This has required Nik to be fully trained and prepared to step in to take over for Richard Garriott if Richard is unable to carry on with his mission.

There are four training steps that all aspiring cosmonauts must complete prior to embarking on a mission into space:

Step One: Medical Qualification Evaluation

Step Two: Theoretical Lessons, Lectures and Active Hands-On Simulator Training

Step Three: Learning how to work as valuable member of a cosmonaut team.

Step Four: Actual training with other members of your assigned mission team.

Step One: Medical Qualification Evaluation

The first step to becoming "space worthy" is the Medical Qualification Phase.

What's involved:

Participants undergo the most intense medical examination of their lives. Over the course of ten days, they are given a variety of detailed medical tests at Moscow's Institute of Medical and Biological Problems.

The IMBP was established in 1963 and is the Institute responsible for all aspects of medical and biological support for humans in space, from selection of cosmonauts to in flight support and rehabilitation. Participants receive all the same tests given to IMBP's "normal clients" - Russia's top test pilots and scientists hoping to be accepted into Russia's Space Program.

The Participants receive:

  • Hypobaric altitude chamber testing
  • Hands-on training on Star City's many simulators.
  • Orlan space suit training.
  • Centrifuge training
  • Vestibular training
  • Personal zero-gravity flight
  • Instruction and sample space mission in the hydrolab **
  • Flight to the Edge of Space in a Russian MiG-25

STEP 1 Medical

The following examinations are performed in the IMBP:

  • Clinical blood analysis
  • Urine analysis
  • Feces analysis
  • Biochemical blood analysis
  • ECG
  • Echo-ECG
  • Ultrasonic examination of internal organs, small pelvis, parathyroid gland
  • Bycicle-ergometry
  • Ortho-test
  • EEG
  • Gastroscopy
  • Audiometry
  • Vestibular tests
  • Tests in pressurized chamber
  • Testing in centrifuge
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasonic doplerography of vessels
  • Additional testing, as required
  • Specialists' examination (general practitioner, ear, nose and throat specialist; neurologist; surgery; ophthalmologist, psychologist, gynecologist for women; urologist for men, and others)

STEP 2 Theoretical Lessons, Lectures and Active Hands-On Simulator Training Crew Training

Lectures and Theoretical Training - Basic Level

Note: Study times indicated are approximations and reflect traditional requirements for cosmonauts for Step 3 and Step 4 combined. Shorter training times are possible for Citizen Cosmonauts.

  • Russian Language Study (TBD)
  • Space Navigation (40 hours)
  • On-board Systems of Soyuz and ISS (40 hours)
  • Scientific Equipment Aboard ISS (15 hours)
  • Flight Theory (30 hours)
  • Space Medicine (30 hours)
  • On-Board Computers (15 hours)
  • On-board Video(15 hours)
  • Hands-On Training Soyuz Simulator (250 hours)
  • ISS Simulator (250 hours)
  • Training on Scientific Equipment (100 hours)
  • Special Training (survival, etc.) (20 hours)
  • Medical Training (self-testing) (50 hours)
  • Medical Testing to prepare for space, including IL-76 zero-gravity (100 hours)
  • Physical Training (200 hours)
  • Trips to US for Specialized Training (100 hours)
  • Training on US Equipment (100 hours)
  • Misc. Training (200 hours)

STEP 3 Learning how to work as valuable member of a cosmonaut team.


  • Russian Language (TBD)
  • Practical Training on Soyuz Simulator (200 hours)
  • Practical Training on ISS Simulator (150 hours)
  • Special Training..survival, how to eat, drink, use the toilet, etc. (30 hours)
  • Medical Training (300 hours)
  • Scientific Training (250 hours)
  • Specific Training for Experiments (200 hours)

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