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Lord British Goes To Space

October 14, 2008

No, I’m not referring to Ultima II, I’m referring to Richard Garriott (a.k.a. Lord British to old Ultima fans, or General British to the Tabula Rasa faithful) blasting off into space this week aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA spacecraft.  The video shows the launch, with a shot of Richard holding up a sign with symbols written in Logos symbols from his online game Tabula Rasa.  The sign, a quote from Konstantin Tsiolkovky, reads “The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.”

Garriott is the 6th space tourist, and is paying around $30 million to do it.  He comes from a distinct heritage, though.  His father, Owen Garriott, spent 60 days aboard Skylab in 1973, launching from a Saturn IB rocket.  He returned to space aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1983, spending 10 days in Spacelab-1.  Richard becomes the first American and the second worldwide to follow a parent into space.

Aside from taking some digitized DNA into space as part of a marketing gimmick for his online game Tabula Rasa, Richard will also be taking pictures of some of the same areas that his father took pictures of during his trips into space, to see how the Earth’s landscape has changed in a generation.  He and his two crewmates, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov, are supposed to dock with the International Space Station today.  Fincke and Lonchakove will stay at the ISS, and Garriott will come back with 2 astronauts currently aboard the ISS on October 24th.

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2 comments

  1. […] Lord British Falls To Earth October 24, 2008 In a followup to my blog post from October 14th, Richard Garriott (a.k.a. Lord British) returned safely to Earth today in a Soyuz […]


  2. […] Then General British, Now ??? November 11, 2008 I mentioned Richard Garriott a few times here and there on my blog, partly because I’m a big fan of his old Ultima games, and partly […]



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