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The first person to pay for visiting outer space is Dennis Tito. His one week trip to the International Space Station cost 20 million dollars, and was courtesy of the Russians. NASA wasn't thrilled.
The first man in space boarded the Russian spacecraft Vostok 1 in April 12, 1961 with a 50-50 chance of survival. The spacecraft orbited the earth for one hour and 48 minutes and returned successfully.