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[b]Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client, Richard Garriott, Begins Cosmonaut Training for October Spaceflight Launch[/b]
Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced today that famed game developer Richard Garriott, son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, has begun training at the Yuri Gagarin Training Center in Star City, Russia in preparation for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) currently planned for October.
"I am quite excited to be in training now and I look forward to all aspects that it will entail," said Richard Garriott. "But, I am particularly enthusiastic to be here in Star City, as a resident, with its amazing history of space exploration. I'm honored to surround myself with its people and I am determined to learn as much as I possibly can, inside and outside the classroom."
Mr. Garriott's spaceflight will be the first in a series of missions that will accommodate commercial activity aboard the ISS. Involvement from the private sector will include scientific and environmental research and educational outreach programming.
"Since announcing Richard's intent to fly, we have been contacted by numerous corporations and non-profits seeking ways in which to participate in his space mission," said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. "It is a very rare occasion when so many commercial opportunities are available during one spaceflight. In the coming months, we will be announcing Richard's mission partners and details on his planned on-orbit activities."
Space Adventures made history in 2001 by organizing the mission of the first private space explorer. Now, the company continues to bring innovation to manned spaceflight by enabling corporate and non-profit entities to participate in commercial endeavors on the planet's only orbiting outpost.
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