Soyuz spacecraft blasts off with multi-millionaire Richard Garriott

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan – The spacecraft Soyuz blasted off early this Sunday from Khazakstan. The crew consisting of 6 people namely: Commander E. Michael Fincke, Flight Engineers Yury V. Lonchakov, Gregory E. Chamitoff, Sandra H. Magnus, Koichi Wakata and a spaceflight participant Richard Garriott.

Richard Garriott is a computer game-developer multi-millionaire. He is a private passenger aboard a Soyuz capsule, having paid the Russian space agency $30 million for the privilege and undergone a year’s training.

The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft has penetrated the orbit and will be docking with the ISS in approximately two days, space officials have stated.

The video game magnate is the son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, who spent 60 days in space aboard the primary space station that the U.S. launched, on May 14, 1973.

“I grew up thinking my dad came late in the history of NASA. Now I think, ‘hang on, that was 35 years ago,’ and suddenly I’m reflecting on that history,” said Mr Garriott.

“Now I have this deeper sense of pride, of understanding the important steps that were accomplished by astronauts like him in what was actually a pioneering era, and knowing that I’m a pioneer too,” he added.

The next launch scheduled in Central Florida is Nov. 14, when space shuttle Endeavour will blast off from the Kennedy Space Center.