28 September 2007

Another space tourist announced

Richard Garriott - son of retired Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott - has paid thirty million dollars for the privilege of visiting the International Space Station next fall.

ZUI this article from Yahoo News:
Richard Garriott, who made his fortune in computer games, is scheduled to blast off aboard a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan in October 2008 on a one-week trip to the international space station.

His father, Owen Garriott, 76, spent 59 days aboard Skylab, America's first space station, in 1973 and flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1983.

It will be the first time a child of an American astronaut rockets into space. In Russia, sons have followed their fathers into the cosmonaut corps three times, and one is slated to go to the international space station next spring.

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