Gregory Olsen
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"Gregory Hammond "Greg" Olsen" is an United States/American entrepreneur, engineer and scientist who, in October 2005, became the third private citizen to make a Space tourist/self-funded trip to the International Space Station with the company Space Adventures.

Olsen was the co-founder and chairman of Sensors Unlimited/Sensors Unlimited Inc., a company developing optoelectronic devices such as sensitive near-infrared (NIR) and shortwave-infrared (SWIR) infrared photography/cameras. One of Sensors Unlimited's major customers is NASA. Currently, Olsen is President of GHO Ventures, LLC, in Princeton, New Jersey/Princeton, New Jersey, where he manages his Angel investor/angel investments, South African winery, Montana ranch, and performs numerous speaking engagements to encourage children – especially minority and female children – to consider careers in science or engineering. He also is a physics professor at Rider University.

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I've always slightly objected to the word 'tourist,' ... I think the word 'tourist' doesn't do justice to all the work I've put in.

One hundred years ago, airline flight was reserved for only a few brave souls. Everyone flies (on planes) nowadays. The same will be true of space flight.

This is a dream come true. Just to look out and see the Earth from about 230 miles up is just great.

As soon as that rocket launched, I was more relaxed than I've been in two years, ... The only think I was nervous about was, maybe I wasn't going to go.

I will feel most relaxed and most happy when the rocket is taking off. This has been two years of very hard work. In 20 hours, I will feel very, very good.

I feel welcome, ... With a crew like this, how could you go wrong?

To me, yes, it's worth the money.

I'm having a great time. I mean, this is a dream come true.

I just love it up here. It's fulfilling everything I expected.