At Space Adventures we are often asked why private citizens should fly to space. So I asked our previous spaceflight client, Richard Garriott, who spent 12 days on the International Space Station in 2008. Here is his response.
By Richard Garriott
Private Space Explorer
Since the beginning of our time on Earth, mankind has looked up at the sky and pondered the mysteries of the universe. We’ve gazed at planets, mapped the stars, and watched as people like my father traveled outside our world to learn more about our surroundings. Today, space is no longer a distant and impossible destination. Thanks to Space Adventures, I was able to follow in my father’s footsteps and see the world as only astronauts had for decades. Now is the time to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to space and these are a few reasons why:
Life is a collection of stories and experiences. When we look back on our lives, we value our time based on the memories we have accumulated and the people we have shared them with. My space flight is something that will live with me forever. I shared the experience with crew mates whom I lived alongside in the months beforehand, as well as my time in space, and we will always share the bond of this out-of-this-world experience. I now take a great deal of pleasure in being able to share my experience in formal settings such as at schools and during speaking engagements, and also with the new people I meet in social and professional settings.
If you are in a position to be able to consider a private spaceflight in the next few years, you are probably at the height of your career. Spaceflight challenged me in ways I had not encountered for some time previously. The training strengthened me physically, technically, intellectually and psychologically, exercising my body and mind in many ways. I also became part of a team where each member’s safety depends on the performance of others. The intensity of our teamwork and trust taught me lessons applicable to all aspects of my life.
Space is a source of fascination and wonder for people of all ages. Being one of the elite few who have seen Earth from the perspective of space, I have the opportunity to inspire and motivate others to achieve their dreams. I want to encourage those who know my story to not let anything get in the way of their goals and to, literally, shoot for the stars.
The Leading Edge
Mankind only makes progress when individuals stand up and dare to be first. Private spaceflight is in the phase where pioneers are needed to set an example and make history. By standing up and deciding to participate in spaceflight now you will help us demonstrate that there is a sustainable market, and help to justify the investment of time, money and brainpower going into making it easier and more affordable for those who will follow. You can be a catalyst for progress.