Richard "Lord British" Garriott is heading into space. And not in some pretend videogame, either. British is actually flying to outer space.
The legendary designer of the Ultima series flight is planned for October 2008, and will be the first in a series of missions that will accommodate commercial activity aboard the International Space Station.
“I am dedicating my spaceflight to science,” said Mr. Garriott. “It is my goal to devote a significant amount of my time aboard the space station to science, engineering and educational projects. I understand the necessity for conducting research in extreme environments whether it is collecting microorganisms from deep sea hydrothermal vents to carrying out experiments in the continuous micro-gravity of Earth orbit.” He continued, “We need to be adventurous in mind and simulate our intellects to answer today’s most daunting scientific questions and to invent tomorrow’s technological marvels.”