Space Adventures’ Orbital Space Client Is Currently Onboard the International Space Station and Will Return to Earth October 24, 2008
Space Adventures’ sixth orbital client and famed Ultima and Tabula Rasa video game developer Richard Garriott is currently onboard the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting Earth, conducting research and experiments, and helping Stephen Colbert save humanity by depositing his digitized DNA on the “Immortality Drive” that will serve as a remote offsite backup of the human race. Down on Earth, you can check in on Garriott and track his space mission activities, latest photos and videos, and more by visiting richardinspace.com.
Garriott is the 1st second generation astronaut and only the sixth private individual in history to go to space. His mission to the ISS is the latest destination in a life defined by adventure and innovation. In recent years, Garriott has conquered incredible quests that span the globe including searching for meteorites on the continent of Antarctica, tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda, canoeing down the Amazon, deep ocean hydrothermal vent expeditions and dives to the Titanic. While in space, Garriott aims to accomplish numerous efforts including scientific and environmental research, and educational outreach. Always the leader of the pack, Garriott also will host the first-ever zero-gravity art show in space.
The site is constantly updated with details on Garriott’s adventure and includes rich videos and photos of Garriott throughout his training, launch and current spaceflight. Visitors to the website can track his exact location as he orbits Earth; pose questions to Richard; view the multi-media gallery, which offers an inside look into what it takes to go to space and back again; and check out awesome video links like Garriott’s ZERO-G weightless training and water landing training.
On Monday, Oct. 20, at 1:20 p.m. EDT, Garriott will be part of the NASA-sponsored videoconference with Expedition Crew 18.
About Richard Garriott
Garriott was born in Cambridge, England and raised in Nassau Bay, Texas. In 1980, Garriott attended the University of Texas at Austin where he developed the Ultima computer game series. Garriott, along with his father and brother, created Origin Systems, a private video game publisher. In 1992, Garriott sold Origin Systems to Electronic Arts. In 1999, Garriott left Electronic Arts and in 2000 he formed Destination Games and partnered with NCsoft. In November 2007, his latest game, Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa, was launched in North America and in the European Union.
About Space Adventures
Space Adventures, the company that organized the flights for the world’s first private space explorers, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company’s advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, Skylab/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev.