Richard "Lord British" Garriott Headed for Space

richardgarriott2.JPGRichard Garriott, famed game designer and son of former astronaut Owen Garriott, is set to follow in his father’s boot steps and head out to the final frontier as the next space tourist. The co-founder of the North American branch of NCsoft, the world’s largest online game developer, plans to post details of his training and flight on his website to share his experiences and “involve as many people as possible in my mission.”

“We need to be adventurous in mind and stimulate our intellects to answer today’s most daunting scientific questions and to invent tomorrow’s technological marvels,” said Garriott, creator of the popular Ultima Online computer game.

Garriott is training for an October 2008 launch, when he will be the guest of the Space Adventures company.

“It has always been Space Adventures’ goal to open the space frontier. Now we have designed a series of missions devoted to increase commercial involvement in manned space stations,” the company’s president Eric Anderson was quoted as saying.

The trip won’t just be a pleasure cruise. The spaceflight’s commercial partner, ExtremoZyme Inc., a biotechnology company founded by Garriott’s father Owen, will be conducting experiments in space on proteins associated with human diseases.

Owen Garriott isn’t surprised in the least by his son’s desire to reach for the stars.

“Because of my career, it was almost natural for Richard to be interested in space and exploration. I am so pleased that he is able to embrace this himself and that he is dedicating his flight to research, I am very proud of him,” Owen Garriott was quoted as saying.

Garriott will be the sixth space tourist joining Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simonyi.

via Yahoo News

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