Lord British Rockets into Space – for $30 Million

Richard Garriott, perhaps better known to gamers as Ultima series designer Lord British, was launched into space aboard Russia’s Soyuz TMA-13 capsule today.

As reported by the BBC, Garriott is heading for the International Space Station, accompanied by a U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut. Garriott’s father, Owen, an American astronaut, was on hand for the launch.

Garriott paid $30 million for the ride, but hopes to recoup much of that amount. Toward that end, he will be conducting experiments, including a protein crystal growth study, aboard the spacecraft

GP: There’s probably no truth to the rumor that Garriott will be using his trade skills to craft new, crystal-jeweled space items for Ultima Online

Thanks to: Longtime GP reader Chuma for gently reminding me of the launch.


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    TaoJeannes says:

    I wonder if he has any moral compunctions about giving that much money to an increasingly violent rising military dictatorship. 30 million would buy at least a couple tanks to run over Ukranians with.

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    JustChris says:

    Meanwhile, Id co-founder John Carmack is still working on own his manned space capsule and rocket for 4 years…at least I think he still is working on it.

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    Amauriel says:

    I’m on the Tabula Rasa mailing list and I’ve been hearing about it through e-mails for MONTHS now…

    They even had a contest where you could enter to have your DNA sent up along with Stephen Colbert’s (Lord British is delivering that on his trip, if I understood correctly).

    The fact that Stephen Colbert’s DNA was going up was reported on by mainstream news sources enough that the kids at the school I work with were all chattering about it at lunch one day.  In the few articles I read on the subject, it would mention that video game developer Richard Garriott would be the one delivering it, but that’s all they touched on from what I could see.

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    SeanB says:

    Wow, he’s going for a while too, and i hadn’t heard anything about it. Wonder if this was a last minute decision, or if they decided to keep it out of the media for a reason.

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    potatojones83 says:

    Wish I had an extra 30 million to use for a space vacation. Course if I *did* have that kind of money I’d more than likely use it on something else. Being in space would be undeniably awesome and cool. Screaming, puking and curling up in the fetal position during blast off….not so cool. Seriously, I can barely handle a roller coaster, there is no way I could handle a space ship launch.

    Still, it is cool to see ordinary…ummm…well…untrained citizens going into space.

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