The next space tourist is understandably excited, which perhaps explains his exaggerated claim:
However, he believes on at least one count his trip may be unique: “I might be the first nerd in space,” he said.
Depending on your definition of “nerd”, I’d suggest that many astronauts fit the description. If we’re equating “nerd” with “computer scientist”, try a Google search for "astronaut biographies computer science". Not surprisingly, a lot of astronauts have a background in computer science/engineering.
Trust a Microsoft employee to claim that copying what went before is an innovation.