The American businessman who has just spent ten days on the International Space Station has returned safely to earth. Richard Garriott paid 20 million euros for his return ticket to orbit. The Soyuz capsule was picked up after its landing in Kazakhstan.
The man who had watched his father go into space as a small boy, but had concentrated his own career on developing computer games, said the trip was everything he had dreamed it would be.
“This is obviously a pinnacle experience, and the ride up on the Soyuz was phenomenal. What a beautiful machine. Of course the International Space Station is astounding and the ride home is everything it is advertised to be.”
Garriott is the first American to follow a parent into space. But he came back with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov whose father was also a spaceman.
While in space Garriott conducted experiments on the impact of space flight on astronauts, and took pictures of key sites on earth to compare them with others taken by his father.