MMORPG veteran Richard Garriott decries ‘space tourist’ label

If you haven’t figured it out, Shroud of the Avatar and Ultima Online’s Richard Garriott is on a press tour lately for his new memoir, Explore/Create, in which he talks about his interesting life of video game development, adventuring, and even space travel.

As part of that tour, Garriott penned a piece for NBC news in which he goes more in depth about his stint as an astronaut that was sent up to the International Space Station in 2008. While the game designer paid a large sum of money for the privilege of the space flight, he pushed back hard against any suggestion that he was nothing more than a tourist.

“Please don’t call me a ‘space tourist,'” he wrote. “I was not a tourist. I got the same training NASA (and Russian) astronauts get. In orbit, I worked hard to complete those experiments both to offset the high cost of my flight and, more important, to build the businesses that will take me (and you) back to space and ultimately help humanity escape the cradle of our existence.”

Source: NBC News
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Pedge Jameson

And I might be wrong, but don’t all space tourists have to get all of that training because of safety? Who’s he think he is?

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ceder

A less qualified Howard Wolowitz.

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Bryan Correll

It really is unfair to call him a Space Tourist. I’m sure the Russian Space Agency referred to him as Cargo. Personally I would go with Space Whale

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Pedge Jameson

“Hey Garriot? Maybe your a big yahoo on the land but out here your just
supercargo. If you don’t want to backstroke home, you get down here!”

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steve

Spaceman Rich should be one of the passenger NPCs in Star Citizen who hires you to take him places and do all of the work while he brags about himself and criticizes everything, like the worst escort quest ever.

As a bonus he should be stalked by assassins who know him by his alias, “Emperor England”.

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ceder

To me he’s just a big bang theory Howard Wolowitz, just without an engineering degree with the way he carries on about it.

*Bernadette angry style voice* “Ok Howie, enough with the “I was an astronaut”.”

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Sally Bowls

Clearly. he was rich. I presume he is still rich. So why is SotA going through all the hassle of asking non-qualified (i.e. non-rich people with many more governmental regulations ) investors for not that much (if you are space rich) money?

OTOH, RG does not get to tell me how to spend my money or criticize my investment success; and the reverse is true.

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Boom

aaahh so this was the experiment he was working on

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Mewmew

He wasn’t chosen to go as part of a rigorous selection process, he paid to be brought up there as part of a publicity stunt. Sorry Garriott but you absolutely are a space tourist.

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kgptzac

Last time I checked, “tourists” pay, but don’t do it for stunts, nor they would subject themselves to training. Maybe he can’t be called an actual astronaut, but he also isn’t a tourist. Maybe we should invent a term, like “space Garriott”, to describe him.

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Lord Zorvan

Sorry Garriott, riding daddy’s space coattails doesn’t make you an astronaut.

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MesaSage

SoTA is taking us into space?

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Jack Pipsam

The IGN Unfiltered podcast episode with him was actually really interesting as well. Lots of stories he can tell.

http://au.ign.com/articles/2017/03/31/ign-unfiltered-17-ultima-creator-and-astronaut-richard-garriott