The Son in Orbit

Richard Garriott reflects on his visit to the International Space Station and on growing up with an astronaut dad

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Photo of U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott
Photo: AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel

Richard Garriott, left, an American computer game designer who paid some $30 million for a 10-day stay on the space station, shakes hands with his father, Owen, 77, a NASA astronaut who visited America's first space station, Skylab, in 1973, shortly after Richard's landing in a Soyuz space capsule near Arkalyk, in north-central Kazakhstan, early Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.The capsule carrying a Russian-American crew touched down on target in Kazakhstan on Friday after a descent from the international space station, safely delivering the first two men to follow their fathers into space. (AP Photo/Sergei Remezov, POOL)
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