Billionaires In Space

Forbes has an interesting interview with Richard Garriott, the billionaire software developer who will become the next space tourist to fly to the International Space Station in October.

Garriott, whose father Owen fly in space aboard Skyab and the space shuttle, says that his ambition goes a lot further than just taking an orbital joyride. He wants to contribute to opening up space for everyone.

“I grew up listening to criticisms of space exploration. My mission is to show that this is a useful, profitable activity,” said Gariott, who will conduct experiments during his 10-14 day flight.