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Astronaut's son blasts off

October 13, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An American computer game designer reached space, fulfilling a long-deferred childhood dream that began with the flight of his astronaut father.

A Russian Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft carrying Richard Garriott and two crew mates hurtled into a clear blue sky from the Baikonur facility on the Kazakh steppe. Garriott, a 47-year-old multimillionaire from Austin, Texas, is the sixth paying space traveler and the first American to follow a parent into orbit.

The spacecraft also includes the digitalized DNA sequences of some of the world's most famous minds, which will be stored on the International Space Station in case a calamity one day wipes out Earth.

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