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Soyuz With Richard Garriott Successfully Launched

Soulskill posted about 6 years ago | from the lord-british-in-space dept.

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Toren Altair writes "Soyuz TMA-13 with ISS Expedition Crew 18 and Richard Garriott successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:01 UT (3:01 EDT). The Soyuz capsule will dock to the ISS in two days. Garriott will return to Earth with Expedition 17 crew members, Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko on October 23." With the extra attention on this launch, the Russians have gone out of their way to say that the return of the Soyuz vehicle will be safe, after a couple of different malfunctions in the past year. Garriott is in space partly for recreation, and partly as a promotion for his latest MMO, Tabula Rasa. He took with him a hard drive filled with information about humanity, as well as DNA sequences from Tabula Rasa players and various celebrities (including Stephen Colbert and Stephen Hawking) to 'preserve' that data in case of a disaster on Earth. Garriott will also spend time running and participating in experiments. Coverage of the Soyuz mission is ongoing at NASATV.

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Tabula Rasa (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345187)

If you haven't seen it yet, I'd recommend checking out Tabula Rasa [amazon.com] . It's one of the better RPGs set in space, and I like how it has adopted ideas from science fiction writers like Vinge. Going into space seems a great way to support it, but it's a pity that the mass media now considers human spaceflight so meh that even a freakin' computer game legend going into orbit won't win too much attention for the game.

Kilrathi (1)

ScottCooperDotNet (929575) | about 6 years ago | (#25345343)

Big media will care when he kills a Kilrathi and brings back the head. And even that won't forgive the sin of selling Origin to EA.

Re:Tabula Rasa (3, Interesting)

Kagura (843695) | about 6 years ago | (#25345357)

Review of Tabula Rasa by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw [escapistmagazine.com] . Don't worry, he's British, too. ;) You have to click the movie to start the review. He's a very humorous reviewer with a great style, and he's got a thing for Richard Garriott that makes this video closer to "on-topic" than off-.

Re:Tabula Rasa (1)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | about 6 years ago | (#25346217)

Isn't Yahtzee Australian?

      --- Mr. DOS

Re:Tabula Rasa (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 6 years ago | (#25346635)

British born, lives in Austrailia [wikipedia.org]

.

Also, he's only 3 years older than me (25). What the hell am I doing with my life?

Re:Tabula Rasa (1)

WeblionX (675030) | about 6 years ago | (#25347277)

The game's also changed a fair bit since he reviewed it, though that might not improve his opinion any.

Re:Tabula Rasa (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25346087)

I'd like to try Tabula Rasa, but I remember mediocre reviews when it came out, and there's no free trial.

Wait wait, there is a trial [rgtr.com] . It's just extremely well-hidden.

Re:Tabula Rasa (1)

illumin8 (148082) | about 6 years ago | (#25358271)

If you haven't seen it yet, I'd recommend checking out Tabula Rasa . It's one of the better RPGs set in space, and I like how it has adopted ideas from science fiction writers like Vinge. Going into space seems a great way to support it, but it's a pity that the mass media now considers human spaceflight so meh that even a freakin' computer game legend going into orbit won't win too much attention for the game.

Tabula Rasa was absolute crap. I played the beta and the release. The last decent games Lord British made was the Ultima series. Face it, he's a washed up game designer that is past his prime.

IT JUST EXPLODED! CHECK CNN! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345199)

Some very, very sad news. According to CNN it just exploded. I'm watching the fireball right now.

It's not on the websites yet, but turn on your TV.

Re:IT JUST EXPLODED! CHECK CNN! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345251)

I thought this was a joke, but sadly it's true:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0 [youtube.com]

Re:IT JUST EXPLODED! CHECK CNN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25348747)

Now sending Rick Astley to the ISS (and not letting him back) - that would be an idea.

Don't forget the SSTV! (4, Informative)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about 6 years ago | (#25345219)

From October 14, Richard Garriot will be sending back SSTV images [wikipedia.org] from the ISS. Today they're planning to test some of the equipment currently on the ISS by sending SSTV between 1800UTC and 2100UTC. Unfortunately there won't be any usable passes over where I live before 1800, but I'll still be listening on 145.800MHz just in case...

If you're interested in trying to receive images or other radio transmissions from the ISS, you can get information on its passes from Heavens Above [heavens-above.com] or by using prediction software like gpredict. You may find you need a larger antenna than the "rubber duck" that most scanners and handheld radios come with, but if you're far enough south to get a good high pass you might manage to hear it. For receiving SSTV you'll need some sort of gain antenna like a Yagi, really. In Linux, you can use qsstv for decoding the SSTV images.

Finally (2, Funny)

meist3r (1061628) | about 6 years ago | (#25345225)

the Ultima Online community got it's petition through and shot him to the moon. I never played any Ultima game back then but I want his house, probably for sale by now.

Re:Finally (1)

bishiraver (707931) | about 6 years ago | (#25347321)

Hey, the game only went to shit after EA fired him..

Woohooo, finally! (4, Funny)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 6 years ago | (#25345247)

Wait, what do you mean "Garriott will return to Earth"?

Re:Woohooo, finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25351089)

In his own game, Tabula Rasa, General British crash-lands the Soyuz capsule [wikia.com] on an alien planet, Foreas.

Things look grim.

so the father, so the son (5, Interesting)

SensiMillia (217366) | about 6 years ago | (#25345265)

On a side note,
Richard Garriot, apart from being a successful video game writer, is in fact the son of a former NASA astronaut. [timesonline.co.uk]

Re:so the father, so the son (2, Interesting)

moosesocks (264553) | about 6 years ago | (#25352173)

Does anyone else know if this is the first time that such a "space dynasty" has occurred?

Have there been any other cases of descendants, siblings, spouses, etc.... both going into space?

No real reason for asking... just kinda cool.

Re:so the father, so the son (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25352953)

1st time for second gen astronaut for the US... strange thing is, the 1st second generation cosmonaut is on the ISS right now, and they'll be up there together.

That's actually like 'For All Mankind' important.

Really.

Re:so the father, so the son (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 6 years ago | (#25353363)

There has been a Shuttle crew with both husband and wife onboard.

Re:so the father, so the son (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25354349)

Actually, according to an NPR article, a Russian cosmonaut he will be riding home with is the first child of a space traveler to also go to space. However, Garriott is the first child of a NASA astronaut to go into space.

Good promotion... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345269)

Wow, now that is good promotion. Never heard of the game, but I'll possibly keep Wine around for it.

What about the toilet? (3, Funny)

John Hasler (414242) | about 6 years ago | (#25345271)

He took with him a hard drive filled with information about humanity...

Yes, but did he take along any parts for the toilet?

The first step to beating Minax (3, Funny)

schmidt349 (690948) | about 6 years ago | (#25345295)

Baikonur? I figured he'd blast off from Pirate's Harbor! [wikia.com] I hope his Power Armor's in good condition also, or he'll never get the ring from the old man on Planet X.

Re:The first step to beating Minax (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345415)

Spoilers above for those who haven't finished Ultima ][ yet.

Re:The first step to beating Minax (1)

owlman17 (871857) | about 6 years ago | (#25350253)

I haven't finished Ultima ][ yet, you insensitive clod! I hate you.

Ganking on the ISS (2, Funny)

Liquidrage (640463) | about 6 years ago | (#25345407)

They don't know what they're in for.

The last thing they'll hear before they are mercilessly ganked is "corp por corp por".

$30 million to put him up there.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345625)

How much for them not to bring him back?

Re:$30 million to put him up there.... (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 6 years ago | (#25351145)

In Putin's Russia... it's probably cheaper than YOU think.

Sanity on the planet. (4, Insightful)

Rog7 (182880) | about 6 years ago | (#25345679)

By my definition, this makes Richard Garriott the most sane man on the planet, literally by escaping it for a short time.

For years, I've been baffled by the rat race millionaires and billionaires who seem to do nothing with their copious amounts of cash than collect more of it. It isn't sane IMHO unless you do something big and spectacular with that amount of excess. At most, some of them retire and give a portion to charity (not bad per se, but even then watch them coldly calculate how they dole it out).

Richard Garriott isn't super rich on a gigantic scale compared to some, but he's always done stuff that others may define as eccentric. Seriously tho, he's more sane than the rest of that upper margin.

Kudos to him.

Re:Sanity on the planet. (1)

Paxsboy (1383633) | about 6 years ago | (#25346173)

I don't understand how so many otherwise-darwin-minded slashdotters seem to miss the point of this behavior. It makes perfect sense that to ensure the success of your bloodline, you'll want to do more than just get a nice country estate and a few toys to play with.

You'll want to found a dynasty. You'll want to make sure that your offspring for generations to come are financially secure. You might want your family to become one of the public members of the new nobility, like the Rockefellers or the Warburgs, or much more private members, like the Rothschilds. Warren Buffet continues to get rich, and he's now on a first-name basis with Lord Rothschild.

Even if you're not reproduction-minded, most people want to leave a legacy in the world, and yes, getting fantastically rich is a great way to do that. Not necessarily by giving vast amounts to charity like Carnegie, but perhaps also by exerting your massive influence to make major social changes, as did the major backers of our current school system. They had some very interesting things to say about the role of the average citizen in the society they were trying to build.

Anyway, what it comes down to is that money is a tool to work one's will in the world, and if you have a vast amount of it and especially if you can find like-minded others that do as well, tremendous things can be accomplished, and often very discreetly if that's your will.

Add to that the fact that the ultra-rich get the first access to the most promising new medical treatments and we see that acquiring vast sums of wealth can also keep one alive longer and move one closer to potential immortality, should we ever figure that out.

...Or perhaps they're just mindlessly following the dogma of "He who dies with the most toys wins."

Re:Sanity on the planet. (1)

fyrewulff (702920) | about 6 years ago | (#25348301)

Actually Warren Buffett is giving away most if not all his money, shutting out his kids from a lot of it.

He also still drives his 57 Chevy.

Re:Sanity on the planet. (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 6 years ago | (#25347761)

Id rather not see crazy "grandiose" things like Imelda Marcos 1,000 shoes or Hugh Hefner's absurd mansion. A lot of wealthy people live the life they want and give a lot to charities. You dont hear about much of it because they dont want you to.

Most wealthy people continue operating more businesses and helping startups which provides new industries, new innovation, and new employment. Some put money into bank investments which help make loans be cheap and affordable.

Real life isnt a jame bond novel where the billionare villian starts a space society and plans to live there with his cloned cats and cultists. Grow up a bit, you might like it.

I also doubt we can measure sanity by seeing if someone took a space tourist trip. If anything that measures how much a person of means likes space.

Re:Sanity on the planet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25348575)

At most, some of them retire and give a portion to charity (not bad per se, but even then watch them coldly calculate how they dole it out).

That cold calculation is sorely missing among many givers of charity, particularly those who only give in order to be seen giving. A businessman is more likely to ask "If I give you this money to build a school in an Ethiopian village, will the locals actually use it?", and possibly give the money to someone who's going to build a well instead.

Good for him (5, Interesting)

Bunderfeld (1113805) | about 6 years ago | (#25345705)

I had the pleasure to meet Richard Garriot at E3 a few years ago.

You would think some bigwig like Mr. Garriot would go out to eat, but no, he was standing in line with the rest of us schmoe's at the cafeteria.

I didn't even take notice of who was who until someone asked if they could sit at the only empty chair across from me, to which I muttered "whatever" and went on reading my material. When I finally looked up, I was shocked to say the least. The interesting thing was that Mr. Garriot spent the hour and a half talking to me, laughing at his past antics, moaning about all that money he had to spend on his "castle sinking". Even when we were interrupted by the occasional fan asking for his autograph, this man never once got upset or even looked cross.

I'm not much for meeting a lot of the Game Developer Gods, I've had my share of not-so-good meetings, but I will say "Good for you Richard", reach for the moon, if you miss, you will still be among the stars!

Re:Good for him (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25345977)

... but I will say "Good for you Richard", reach for the moon, if you miss, you will still be among the stars!

Damnit guys He ruined The Plan!

Re:Good for him (1)

jagdish (981925) | about 6 years ago | (#25347789)

Thats "Lord British" to you commoners.

Re:Good for him (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25351127)

Well, General British [rgtr.com] these days.

Re:Good for him (1)

elFisico (877213) | about 6 years ago | (#25352981)

I had the pleasure to meet Richard Garriot at E3 a few years ago.

where is that "+1 envy" rating when you need it?! ;-(

Soyuz With Richard Garriott Successfully Launched (1)

vague disclaimer (861154) | about 6 years ago | (#25345725)

"Soyuz With Richard Garriott Successfully Launched "...you say?

I'm guessing we would have heard if it had been unsuccesfully launched...

Huh? (2, Interesting)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 6 years ago | (#25346015)

He took with him a hard drive filled with information about humanity, as well as DNA sequences from Tabula Rasa players and various celebrities (including Stephen Colbert and Stephen Hawking) to 'preserve' that data in case of a disaster on Earth.

Okay, I understand the concept of "publicity stunt", however...

What exactly is having this material a couple hundred miles above the planet supposed to accomplish, exactly? In case of a disaster on the Earth, was he thinking he'd do a spacewalk and try to throw it in a direction away from Earth? Good luck generating escape velocity that way, buddy.

Or did he think this planet-wide disaster would be over quickly, leaving an Earth-side genetics lab intact so he could return to Earth safely and somehow recreate a new race to be known as The Nerdlings? Tabula Rasa players, yeah that's the building blocks of an advanced civilization...

Re:Huh? (1)

geoffaus (623283) | about 6 years ago | (#25349855)

Im guessing its so that if a plague or something wipes out humanity then if there are any aliens that it might be for them so that they knew that sentient like once existed on earth

Re:Huh? (1)

corsec67 (627446) | about 6 years ago | (#25351217)

Too bad the the ISS is in a decaying orbit [wikipedia.org] .

Another Tabula Rasa... (1)

i (8254) | about 6 years ago | (#25346209)

um (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25346309)

launching him into orbit will still never excuse the dogs breakfast of ascension.

Godspeed Lord British! (1)

fullmetal55 (698310) | about 6 years ago | (#25346475)

Somehow I always thought you would get into space shot through a space cannon ala Martian Dreams. I guess a soyuz is the next best thing.

For price of one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25346481)

[i] He took with him a hard drive filled with information about humanity, as well as DNA sequences from Tabula Rasa players and various celebrities (including Stephen Colbert and Stephen Hawking) to 'preserve' that data in case of a disaster on Earth.[/i]

Don't you think it was extra-friendly of him to take Stephen Hawking with him? The man spends so much time thinking about space, bet he never thought he's gonna go there too in person. I know it's a short trip but still.

A hard drive in space? (1)

nullchar (446050) | about 6 years ago | (#25347053)

Is a magnetic hard drive really the best media format to leave in space in case our current society is destroyed? Are cosmic rays and other radiation a concern?

I suppose if society rebuilt enough to launch into space again, then the format of the data might not matter.

viewing NASATV from Linux? (1)

Narcocide (102829) | about 6 years ago | (#25347317)

Is it just me or is NASATV broken on Linux?

Target Soyuz.... (1)

Jonah Hex (651948) | about 6 years ago | (#25347939)

Vas Ort Flam
Corp Por
Corp Por

That's for selling Origin to EA, which then created Trammel.
DogMeat [MoO] Mayor of Oberon Pass, Chesapeake

Jonah HEX

His return to earth (1)

xant (99438) | about 6 years ago | (#25348121)

Word is he'll be coming back down after he lands on the moon.

Via a moongate.

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25348907)

Kal Ort Por

Is this correct? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25351331)

This means that if anything happens on earth, then the new humanity will be like Stephen Hawking? Be sure to include instructions on how to use text to speech, please.

Status update (1)

rakslice (90330) | about 6 years ago | (#25352077)

Project "B Ark" is now complete.

'Recreational purposes' eh ? (1)

bytesex (112972) | about 6 years ago | (#25353753)

Scene at the Soyuz Space Center take-in desk:

- So Mr. eh Garriott is it ? Why exactly do you want to go to the ISS ? The form says 'reasons for visit' you see, and I have to fill it in.
- Oh. Eh, isn't just for fun enough ? I thought that these days it was well accepted that if you were loaded enough, you could just hitch a ride ?
- 'recreational purposes'. Ok.
- On the other hand, wait - I see what you mean. It looks kind of decadent, doesn't it ? So eh, could you make it 'promotion of my new product' ? A computer game ?
- Sorry, I already submitted it. But I can add more reasons. 'promotion of a computer game'. Good. Anything else, before I submit again ?
- Yes, sure. Eh, I could take this disk I made which has the latest company outing photographs on it - the guys will like that, and perhaps I have a cigarette butt or two from some really famous but not so rich people I briefly met. But why would I do that ? O, I have it ! Make it that I'll take all that stuff into space 'in case of a disaster on earth' ! Yes that's it. That'll look good.
- Yes sir. Very good. I'll take it that you will be 'participating in various experiments' too, sir ?
- Will there be any girls involved ?
- No sir.
- Well then no, I mean - of course ! The experiments ! How could I forget about those ! Sure.
- Enjoy your flight sir.

I celebrated... (1)

Arcturax (454188) | about 6 years ago | (#25357859)

By going into every Ultima game this weekend where you can kill Lord British and doing so. No I'm not jealous. not me :)

My favorites were Ultima III by blasting him with the ships cannons and Ultima VII, sucking out his soul with a demon sword.

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