The famed Ultima creator and, more recently, head of development for Tabula Rasa, has blasted off into space, becoming the world’s sixth civilian space tourist.
Richard Garriott, known to his fans as Lord British, has paid approximately £15 million, or $30 million, for the privilege of launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft. Garriott is to spend ten days aboard the International Space Station and will also be conducting experiments on behalf of, and sponsored by, various companies who have apparently contributed a significant amount towards the funding of the trip.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Garriott’s father, Owen Garriott, was a NASA astronaut and spent 60 days on a US space station in 1973. Hit the link for a video interview with Mr. British on the BBC’s site.