Thursday, August 19, 2010

Writing to explain: Who was the first space tourist?

Who was the first tourist in space?

Dennis Tito was the first tourist to go to space.

Dennis Tito was a billionaire businessman from California. He became the first paying person to go to outer space. Dennis Tito was born on the 8th of August, 1940 in Queens, New York.

On the 28th of April 2001 Dennis Tito paid $2,000,000,000 to go to space. He set of from Kasakhstan at 1.38pm.

Before Dennis Tito could go to space the United States would not let him because they thought it wasn’t right. Russia thought he should be allowed to go because he paid $2,000,000,000 so they fought over him going or not. In the end Russia won and he was allowed to go to space.

Dennis Tito was the first tourist to go to space but only after the United States and Russia let him go.

By Maddy, Nina and Isobel.

This is the answer to one of the questions we came up with when inquiring about big events that happened in our decade. We have been learning to write explanations and have worked in groups to write one as the answer to our research. Look for more great explanations this week and next week!


  1. Wow what interesting information Maddy, Nina and Isobel.
    We certainly learnt a lot. Room 12 is learning about the 1960's. That is when the first man walked on the moon. So it was cool to read about the first tourist to the moon. We didn't realise that the United States didn't want him to go at first.

    Well done

  2. Abi (Josie's mum)August 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    You guys have done a really good job of picking out the most relevant facts about Dennis Tito and his trip into space. Now you have got me interested I might have to go and find out more. I wonder what the Russian space project spent the $2,000,000 on? That would buy a lot of chocolate fish, but not very many space ship components I guess.