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Space tourist's ride gets ready

October 11, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Friends and family of the world's next space tourist watched Friday as the rocket for the voyage was placed on a launchpad in Kazakhstan for its weekend takeoff to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur launch area Sunday with American software millionaire Richard Garriott, who paid $30 million for the trip.

He will spend about 10 days taking photographs and conducting experiments.

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