The first second generation astronaut!

October 2, 2008


Richard Garriott

Richard Garriott

Richard Garriott, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, will spend two weeks on the ISS as a Space Adventures client. He will participate in three NASA studies while on the station. Story link

Richard Garriott is a legendary computer game designer. Those my age will remember the Ultima series, which he founded. His latest is Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa.

This is cool. NASA is just turning 50, and we’re flying the second generation of astronauts, sort of. I think it’s actually a better thing that he is flying commercial than on the government megadime. Of course, flying on Russian hardware is not so cool.

I keep thinking, “Who in 1958 thought we would land a man on the moon in 11 years? And who would have thought we would abandon the dream?” Now it occurs to me: computers were the size of houses in 1958. Who would think a computer game developer, and son of an astronaut, would have the money to fly into orbit and stay for two weeks on an internationally-designed and built space station? Computer games? What are those?

So while I wish I was flying the Orion 3 on Pan Am to Space Station V, at least we’re doing something. And we never blew ourselves up. And the Russians, no matter how frisky they think they are now, are NOT something we fear on a daily basis. And maybe, just maybe, this time we will go there to stay…


Goin' back...

Going back


One comment

  1. Happy birthday, dad!

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