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2008-10-21 12:35:00

Recent space tourist and video game mogul Richard Garriott said his trip to the space station has been well worth the $30 million he paid for the journey. Richard, son of Owen Garriott who spent 60 days on NASA's Skylab station in 1973, made the announcement from orbit on Monday as his 12-day trip into space began to come to an end. He said he felt fulfilled even before he rocketed away on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Oct. 12, thanks to all the training he got with astronauts and other...

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2008-10-14 12:40:00

The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft carrying two crewmates and one U.S. space tourist docked with the International Space Station on Tuesday. Docking occurred slightly ahead of schedule over Kazakhstan at 0826 GMT. Crewmembers Mike Fincke and Yuri Lonchakov were joined by U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott, a 47-year-old computer games director who paid about $30m for a 10-day trip to the ISS. Spaceman Sergei Volkov welcomed Garriott on board the ISS after the hatches were opened between the capsule...

2008-10-13 09:00:15

By PETER LEONARD By Peter Leonard The Associated Press BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan An American computer game designer reached space Sunday, fulfilling a long-deferred childhood dream that began with the flight of his astronaut father. The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft carrying Richard Garriott and two crewmates - and the digitized DNA sequences of some of the world's most famous minds - hurtled into a clear blue sky from the Baikonur facility on the Kazakh steppe. Garriott, 47, a...

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2008-10-12 15:00:00

Video game mogul Richard Garriott took off into space on Sunday aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, which successfully lifted off at 3:01 a.m. EST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan under clear weather. The U.S. space tourist paid $35 million to accompany U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov on the mission  to the International Space Station (ISS). Russian space officials said the Soyuz rocket had safely reached its orbit, and would dock with...

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2008-10-12 09:25:00

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc., made a surprise visit on Saturday to Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the barren steppes of central Kazakhstan. Brin, a native of Moscow, made the visit to wish fellow space tourist, and U.S. computer game developer Richard Garriott luck before Garriott's Sunday flight into space.  The mission will take Garriott, U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov to the International Space Station. Brin recently put down a $5...

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2008-10-11 17:00:00

Officials with Russia's space program said Saturday that a number of safety improvements have been made for spacecrafts returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). The announcement follows a series of rough landings, including two malfunctions with the Soyuz re-entry vehicle during the past year. The mishaps raised safety concerns about the craft's reliability, with one South Korean astronaut saying she feared death during a landing in April. However, Anatoly Perminov,...

2008-10-11 15:00:10

Plans to add crew members to the International Space Station might be delayed, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Saturday. RIA Novosti reported the space agency is considering a boost the number of astronauts on the space station from three to six in 2009. "I doubt that the ISS crew will be increased to six people from next year because the final decision has not been taken yet," Roscosmos head Anatoly Perminov said. "All countries participating in the ISS program have...

2008-10-11 00:00:03

An Austin, Texas, man in Kazakhstan is set to become the world's sixth space tourist and the first second-generation space traveler from the United States. Richard Garriott, 47, a computer game developer, is due to launch Oct. 12 from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Space.com reported Friday. Garriott's father, Owen, 77, is a retired astronaut from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "I'm just very...

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2008-10-10 11:45:00

U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott said he was confident ahead of Sunday's launch into space on a Russian spaceship and downplayed concerns over a bumpy ride back to Earth. Previous crews returning from the International Space Station have referred to rough landings and massive gravitational force after Russia's Soyuz capsules slid off into dangerous "ballistic re-entry" twice in a row over the past year. "I don't think it will bother me in the least," Garriott said from Russia's Baikonur...

2008-10-02 18:00:03

Millionaire Richard Branson used a morning talk show to thank Preston Morrow, who found items of missing adventurer Steve Fossett in the California mountains. "If it wasn't for Preston, I think we would have had no chance of ever finding Steve," Branson, a friend of Fossett, said Thursday on CBS' "The Early Show." The British business magnate noted Morrow, on a day hike Tuesday along a mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., found several items belonging to Fossett, who disappeared in 2007,...


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Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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