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US space tourist remembers 'a beautiful ballet'

Richard Garriott.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Oct 27, 2008
US video game guru Richard Garriott, who completed a 30-million dollar trip to the International Space Station this month, said Monday that his flight to space was like "a beautiful ballet."

"The launch of the Soyuz TMA-13 was like a beautiful ballet. Strong and confident but elegant," said Garriott, speaking alongside two Russian cosmonauts at the Star City space training camp near Moscow.

"The weightlessness and view around the International Space Station was unforgettable," said Garriott, 47, the sixth space tourist and the son of US astronaut Owen Garriott who flew to the Skylab space station in 1973.

Garriott blasted off from the Baikonur space base in Kazakhstan on October 12 to spend 12 days in space and said he was now planning a return trip. The space journey cost him around 30 million dollars (24 million euros).

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