Richard Garriott has finally blasted off in the space; Garriott flew off yesterday in the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft in Kazakhstan (yes, that place) yesterday and is now floating around in the International Space Station above Earth’s orbit.
The famous and eccentric games developer, who once went under the moniker “Lord British” and was responsible for the creation of the legendary Ultima RPG series on the PC, and more recently the MMORPG Tabula Rasa, paid £15 million (out of his own pocket) for the trip, and is only the sixth civilian to ever fly into orbit.
Garriott recently made an appearance on The Colbert Report, where he promised to take Colbert’s DNA (along with other celebrities) up into space with him, to share amongst the stars. He’ll be up on the International Space Station for the next ten days, before returning to our soil.
Kudos to Garriott for realising his dreams, however expensive they may be.