Trust me, I’d love nothing more than to visit space. I just need it to come down about $29,990,000 in cost before I can consider it. I could probably afford 10 grand. It’ll be there one day. I can wait.
Until then, I can dream about being someone like video game mogul Richard Garriott, who CNN reports just returned from a 10-day and $30M visit to the International Space Station, courtesy of the Russian Space Tourism program. Like I said, I’d buy a ticket if I could afford one.
And no, silly, that’s not Garriott in the picture. But that is Lakia, the first dog to successfully make it back from space. Lakia was a street mutt who became a national Soviet hero when she blasted off and returned safely in Sputnik 2.
Anyway, back to Garriott.
According to CNN, here’s some info on Garriott’s awesome trip:
Garriott said the flight was a fulfillment of his dream to follow
in the footsteps of his father, former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott.
The elder Garriott flew on the second U.S. Skylab mission in 1973, a
forerunner of the International Space Station.
"What a great
ride that was," said Garriott in comments reported by The Associated
Press. "This is obviously a pinnacle experience."
I’m so envious of him. I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in my days and I hope I can make it out to space. There actually is a space tourism site out there on space.com, but for now the thrill of black holes and oxygen-deprived atmosphere is limited to those with money to burn. And that ain’t me.
Welcome back Garriott