Space tourist's ride gets ready

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Friends and family of the world's next space tourist watched Friday as the rocket for the voyage was placed on a launchpad in Kazakhstan for its weekend takeoff to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur launch area Sunday with American software millionaire Richard Garriott, who paid $30 million for the trip.

He will spend about 10 days taking photographs and conducting experiments.

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