- Space tourist comes home
The game designer paid $30 million to fulfill a dream of following his father into space.
Garriott, who made millions of dollars in the video game industry, spent the past 10 days aboard the International Space Station, for which he paid the Russian government an estimated $30 million. Garriott said the flight was a fulfillment of his dream to follow in the footsteps of his father, former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott. The elder Garriott flew on the second U.S. Skylab mission in 1973, a forerunner of the International Space Station.