Ducks, dorks and deviants: Wackiest stories of 2008

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Maybe space is really only for multi-millionaire, high-tech entrepreneurs. Esther Dyson, an industry guru who has been involved in all manner of technology start-ups and digital ventures, will train as a back-up crew member alongside ex-Microsoft developer Charles Simonyi, PhD, who recently announced his second mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2009. Earlier this year Google co-founder Sergei Brin put down US$5 million toward a flight to the international space station in 2011 also courtesy of Space Adventures. Meanwhile, computer game entrepreneur Richard Garriott flew to the ISS in October.

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