Garriott Becomes World’s Sixth Space Tourist; World Asks: There Have Been Like Five Other Ones? When?

Former Astronaut’s Son Blasts Off Toward Space Station

“American space tourist Richard Garriott, the son of a former NASA astronaut, rocketed into orbit early Sunday aboard a Russian spacecraft alongside two professional spaceflyers to become the first second-generation American astronaut to launch toward the International Space Station.

“Garriott, a 47-year-old computer video game pioneer, blasted off from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:01 a.m. EDT (0701 GMT) aboard a Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft ferrying new station crewmembers Michael Fincke and Yury Lonchakov to their orbital home. It was early afternoon at the launch site.”