By STEVE GUTTERMAN
MOSCOW (AP) — Soon after he touched down Friday, American space tourist Richard Garriott got a pat on the head and an admiring question from his astronaut father. "How come you look so fresh and ready to go?" 77-year-old Owen Garriott asked his son, who was sitting in an armchair on the steppes of Kazakhstan after being pulled from the gumdrop-shaped Soyuz capsule.
"Because I'm fresh and ready to go — again," Richard declared. "What a great ride that was."
Richard Garriott, a 47-year-old computer games designer who created the Ultima game series, paid US$30 million for trip to the International Space Station. When he lifted off Oct. 12, he became the first American to follow his father into space.