Garriott's rocket docks with space station

Oct. 14, 2008 at 11:17 AM
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HOUSTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- NASA officials say a Russian spacecraft carrying video mogul Richard Garriott and two other flyers docked Tuesday with the International Space Station.

The Soyuz craft delivered Garriott, U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov, who is to become the station's commander and flight engineer, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Garriott, 47, of Austin, Texas, paid Russia $30 million for the 11-day trip which began Sunday in Kazakhstan. His father, Owen Garriott, 77, a former NASA Skylab and shuttle astronaut, was on hand to watch his son's launch.

Garriott, who made his fortune developing computer video games, is to serve as a test subject in experiments studying the affects of space on vision, sleep, balance, strength and the body's immune system.

He also plans to photograph environmentally sensitive sites on Earth that had been photographed by his father during his 60-day stay aboard Skylab in 1973.

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