Richard Garriott Flight Debriefing (Part 3)

PORT OF CALL: Richard Garriott and the Return to the World

Richard Garriott Legendary computer game designer Richard Garriott — known to many of us as ‘Lord British’ — joins us aboard the DragonHearth for a final time from Star City, Russia to conclude his first-hand account of his recently completed spaceflight aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station. In this final of three parts interview, we’ll discover how life after such an adventure has its own challenges … that the lessons that have been learned are sublime and unexpected … and how he has not yet had time to fully appreciate what the journey had brought to him.

You can read more about both Richard and his mission into space at his Richard in Space website.

Episode 39 / November 8th, 2008

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  1. RapidEye says:

    Big Thank You to Tracy and Richard for taking the time to record these podcasts and share them with us.

    I’m an active amateur astronomer and am fascinated by space in general. I’ve closely followed Richard’s trip since the first podcast and was glad to see him have such a great trip.

    I especially enjoyed the story where Richard explained how the NASA astronauts accepted him into the club based on their motivations, not their qualifications. The professionalism and candor of our astronauts never fails to amaze me.

    I think the media’s tag of “Space Tourist” and NASA’s tag of “Private Space Explore” both miss the point. I propose a new name for Richard and his fellow travelers: Amateur Astronaut!

    By definition, an amateur is one who engages in a pursuit, study, science, or sport for the love of it and not to make money. In the world of Astronomy, amateurs can now do things that 10 years ago, only professionals with multi-million dollar equipment could perform. I see Richard in the same vein: he is at the leading edge of a new wave.

    So what do you think? Amateur Astronaut Garriott – I like the ring of it!!! Don’t forget where you heard it first 😉

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